About Frances Ayers Designs

My Use of Mixed Medium Materials

Many of my designs are one of a kind pieces because I often use found objects and up-cycled materials. Beads are also a central part of my designs and some are made by other artists that create a bead in limited editions.
For these reasons I may not be able to make more than one of a particular design. However, I may be able to make a piece that is similar. 
Certain pieces are available in various metals and  colors and the variations are explained on the their pages. 
Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions and special order requests. Thank you.

My Design Vision

 I utilize multiple materials to accomplish my design vision for any given piece. 
The beads I collect are ceramic, porcelain, lamp-worked, hand blown glass, pressed glass as well as crystals and semi-precious stones. Some of these beads are handmade by amazing artists' and I am delighted to be use their art to enhance my designs. I search local, national and international sources for vintage beads and other unusual objects to use in my designs. 
The metals I work with are sterling silver, silver filled, gold filled, brass, copper and pewter. All are nickel and lead free.
I work with a resin that is made for use in jewelry making. It is non-toxic and cures to a clear, hard glass finish. I use this resin to embed organics, papers and  a variety of other materials and colorants in my designs.