PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Local Metal Artists F. is for frank Introduces 2011 Jewelry Collection

March 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Hand-made jewelry doesn’t get much cooler than F. is for frank, a Dallas-based design studio that specializes in metalworks. Sculptors Shannah Frank and Casey Melton combined their friendship – and love for metal works – five years ago building custom metal designs and architecture. Jewelry had always been a personal, fun project on the side.

Shortly after beginning their journey into custom metal designs, the market, like most, hit a recession as people and designers were cutting back on custom pieces. This ended up being a type of creative blessing explains the duo. Instead of designing trinkets and charms on the side for friends and family, they made it a regular part of business. Now the two play around with jewelry molds on a regular basis, finally editing down to hand-crafted pieces they’d wear themselves.

This week F. is for frank proudly announces their third collection of jewelry since launching the line three years ago. Though they mostly work with pewter, this line branches out to include yellow and rose gold plated pieces. Melton says they are also playing with mixed metals and encourages customers to do the same as they introduce a new collection of mix-and-match charms and chains. Rabbits, Day of the Dead skulls, or fishing weights anyone?

Just three years in, F. is for frank already sells in boutiques around the greater Dallas area and on the West Coast in shops around L.A. They look to expand their reach after the launch of this third – and possibly most eclectic – collection.

F. is for frank launches its new collection at a trunk show this Thursday evening at We Are 1976 from 6-8 p.m.