Francesca Watson Designs

Component of the Month – August Edition!

It’s almost impossible to believe that September is right around the corner…. this year has been jam-packed with activity, and August was no exception. Nick and I spent the last few weeks finalizing the purchase of a new home just a few minutes from the studio, and are just about all moved in. Because we’re down-sizing, there’s still a ton of stuff to weed through and make decisions about, and not a lot of time to do it in. So, yeah – we’ve been insanely busy.

But I carved out some much-needed play time to participate in the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month for August. Rebekah Payne offered us these stunning hand-painted leather feathers, and the minute I laid eyes on them I knew what I wanted to make.


I knew immediately that I wanted to turn Rebecca’s feathers into a pair of shoulder dusters. These ultra-long earring pairs are all the rage right now and feathered versions are very popular. After digging into my scrap chain and vintage bead stash and fusing a pair of Argentium marquise links, I started laying things out on my workbench. Although I had a pretty clear idea of the feel I was going for, it was surprisingly difficult to get the proportions right and it took me several tries to get something I was happy with. At last, though, everything fell into place and this is what I came up with.






I folded each of the tops of the feathers over and through a fused silver ring and closed it with a copper rivet. Then I connected the feather to the marquise link with a short length of sterling silver cable chain. Vintage Czech glass beads in vivid blue and metallic gold and bronze hang from lengths of tiny silver rolo chain. They’re lightweight with tons of movement, and I could not be happier about how they turned out. They’ll go into the Roadhouse gallery soon, and I hope their BoHo vibe catches someone’s eye!

Thanks to Rebekah for the wonderful components and the opportunity to take a break from the hustle bustle! To see what our guest designers and members of the AJE team did with these gorgeous feathers, check out the links below.

Guest Designers
Karin Grosset Grange –
The AJE Team
Diana Ptaszynski –
Jenny Davies-Reazor –
Francesca Watson – <— YOU ARE HERE!
8 replies
  1. Ann Schroeder
    Ann Schroeder says:

    The earring pair feathers really do lend themselves to a shoulder duster design, and these are beautiful. These are so elegant. I’m sure once at the gallery they will be snapped up!


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