Franchezka Westwood is a fine handmade jewelry artist, designer and teacher. Her passion for wire wrapping came years ago when she moved to the U.S. from Colombia, South America. She continued designing jewelry at a professional level and has participated in many gem shows. She taught wire wrapping jewelry at Furman University SC Continuing Education, Mauldin High School Special Needs Students, Bead Fest Spring Show Philadelphia 2013, Bead and Button Show Milwaukee 2013 and future 2014 already accepted individual classes in her studio and online classes and invited to teach classes in Germany November 2013. Franchezka made a television demonstration of wire wrapping at The Morning Blend in Tucson, Arizona, January 2013. Her new success is becoming part of the Beadalon Designer Team. Her passion is to teach so I'm sure you will love to learn with her.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AS A JEWELRY DESIGNER?
I feel my great new accomplishment to be called to become a part of the Beadalon Design Team. That makes me very happy.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK?
"Follow your heart to fill your soul with happiness"I love people, to teach, to travel, to make jewelry. All that is my work and I enjoy it every day.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEADING OR JEWELRY MAKING TECHNIQUE?
I love everything with wire alone or mixing media and techniques. I knit, weave, wrap, crochet, coil, braid, filigree, tweak it and create jewelry mixing the techniques.
LIST YOUR FAVORITE TOP 10 OR MORE BEADALON PRODUCTS:
- Artistic Wire (love colors)
- German Wire (love shapes)
- Jump Rings (precision)
- Wire Worker Tool (good)
- Lazee Daizee (ease tool)
- Bail Making Pliers (love them)
- Aluminum Mandrels (light)
- Knotting Pliers (small and precise)
- Econo Tools (great tools)
- Beading Station (wire and tools organized)
Her work can be seen at: Franwestwood.blogspot.com