f. is for frank Trunk Show Begins New Phase For The Dallas Designers

March 17, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Caroline Foster

Editor’s Note: We gave you a sneak peek of the Dallas-based metal design studio last week, but here is a recap of their latest trunk show at We Are 1976. It’s true we’re playing favorites here, f. is for frank is one of our favorite local design teams, but if you know of more local, hand-made jewelry studios we should feature please share the goods!

f. is for frank brings the a new flare to their jewelry concept with cufflinks and mixed metals in their latest collection. (PHOTO BY CAROLINE FOSTER / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Last Thursday the gals behind f. is for frank showed off their 2011 jewelry line at unique Henderson Avenue boutique We are 1976. This year the design duo focused on four different categories of rings, necklaces and bracelets. Each of the four mini collections has a common design influence from peacocks to Hickory nuts, woven texture and charms.

The designers Shannah Frank and Casey Melton met five years ago through a different business venture. After the economy turned downward Frank changed her focus from interior accessories to jewelry. The women then became business partners for the f. is for frank jewelry collection.

“Casey is more into experimental design, while I am very technical,” said Frank.

The ladies work together to create the line; the process is very hands on. First, they both sketch possible design options. Once a design is selected the piece is sculpted, cast in pewter and cleaned in their studio. Next, some of the pieces are plated in 24-karat gold or rose gold.

For the 2011 collection the team focused on appealing to a broader audience. They wanted to balance their large pieces with some smaller every-day pieces. The 2011 collection has the perfect balance of dainty necklaces that are perfect for layering, as well as many eye-catching statement rings and bangles. Also new this year? The duo introduces mixing metals in their pieces. This can be seen in many of their necklaces.

“This year we took everything a little bit further,” Frank said. Some of the stand-out pieces that Frank could be referring to are the atypical “heart” necklaces formed from an old hickory nut, (Melton’s personal favorite item from the new collection) or the large rabbit head rings.

The line is featured in boutiques around the country. In Dallas head to We are 1976 or Indigo 1745 to check out all of the unique baubles. You can also visit their website for some shopping, www.fisforfrank.com.

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.