Fran Grinels
frangrinelsdesign.com
fran@commcraft.com
I Got Rhythm

I Got Rhythm
sterling silver, keum boo, 18 carat gold

 

     I have always loved to create something beautiful. A native Californian, I was six years old when I won first place for my color crayon picture in the Haggin Museum’s Children’s Art Show in Stockton. The same year I made doll clothes for my dolls on my mother’s sewing machine (which was of course off limits!). For many years I taught Home Ec including classes in sewing, clothing, textile, and interior design and cooking.

     For the past six years, I have been learning and creating in a new area: metalsmithing/jewelry. I have studied with some of the very best metal jewelry artists/teachers in the country and will continue to learn and explore. I am currently working with silver, copper, high karat gold, glass beads, and gemstones. My style is contemporary. People describe my work as beautiful and unique, colorful, fun, and one of my favorite, “Fantastico!”.

Lightning Bracelet

Lightning Bracelet
sterling silver, keum boo, 18 and 24 carat gold, patina

  My designs are one of a kind. I don’t mass produce-that’s not fun. Some of my designs might be similar, but they are never the same. I am continually evolving and so are my designs! I really love the process of learning new techniques and seeing what I can create using that process.

   As much as I enjoy creating something wonderful and eye-catching, it is even more fulfilling and exciting for me to see my creations being worn or used by someone who truly loves and appreciates them.
Sunrise-Sunset Photo Album

Sunrise-Sunset Photo Album
fold formed copper, heat patina