Cocoon Talisman

Francesca Watson

A cocoon is the perfect symbol of new beginnings; it’s the place where the old self hunkers down and does the work required for growth, rebirth, and starting anew. Join Francesca for a fun, colorful project that’s perfect for expressing the joy and hope in looking forward to all that comes next. 


First, choose a color palette from a variety of silk fabric shreds and, using basic wire wrapping techniques, wrap and twist the materials to create a unique, colorful cocoon. Next, choose a medallion drop to embellish the cocoon. Use simple cutting, filing and sanding techniques to make the drops refined or rustic – each one can be entirely unique! Finally, patina the drops and add a tiny gemstone on a silver jump ring to dress them up.


These bundles of color are packed with texture and techniques, from the roll-printed copper to the wrapped silk cocoon. And don’t worry if you have no experience with metals or wire – this is a perfect beginning project. All tools and materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary.

More about Francesca... Francesca is a Texas transplant

who originally hails from upstate New York. In 2006, after

years working in administrative jobs, she took a bead

stringing class with some girlfriends - and the rest, as

they say, is history.

 In 2012, she walked away from 25 years in

administration and small business management to focus

on living a more creative life. She and her husband, Nick,

now operate The Makery, a working and teaching studio in

Bulverde, Texas, where Nick paints and Francesca offers

workshops in metals, enamels and jewelry-making. Her passion is creating unique, wearable, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using unusual stones, while her explorations in mixed media and photography allow her to indulge her love of paper and journals. 

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