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Date Joined: July 20, 2011
Last Online: April 13, 2013
Birthday: January 10
Country: United Kingdom
Fran's Jewellery Etsy Store
Fran's Artist Books Website

About Me

I'm currently not very well at all, which is why I'm not doing many swaps - I'm keeping numbers of swaps low so I can manage to do them properly!

Hi, I'm Fran, from the UK. I'm late 30's, I have fancy rats (A 1yr old Black Berkshire Dumbo girl named Tesla from rescue and two baby sisters - a Black Berkshire names Bingo and a Black-Eyed White called Ditzy). I love narrow boats and canals and I can't stop making things!

I'm newly vegan (been vegetarian for 6 years) and I've been married for almost 15 years.

I will always send out in a swap - I will never flake. I do have a chronic illness (Behçet's disease - http://www.behcets.org.uk/ ) and very occasionally do end up in hospital - if this is going to delay my sending out any swaps then my hubby will come on to let my swap partners know.

If your swap item does not arrive (I'm in the UK so international swaps can take a while to arrive) please contact me first so I can check with the Post Office and send you a make-up item :-)

I'm mainly a maker of resin jewellery (http://www.ixykix.etsy.com/) and many other crafty bits including greetings cards, notebooks (I book-bind), fabric / stitched items, random steampunkery including strange contraptions!

I absolutely adore baking (wheat free) cakes and making jams and marmalade! I'm enjoying baking for my vegan friend too - I love a challenge!

Also, I've been creating artist books (altered text books) for many many years and sell and trade ATCs/ACEOs, prints and original books (http://www.franhorne.co.uk)

Favorite Crafts

Please don't be limited by my likes (and small list of dislikes!) - I want to swap with people here to meet new folk and see new things! I do love receiving items that I like and am familiar with - but really really happy to get stuff that I've never seen before!

In no particular order........

My General Crafting LOVES:

  • Resin Jewellery
  • Upcycled Jewellery
  • Silicone Mould Making
  • Altered Text
  • Artist's Books
  • Card Making
  • Handmade envies
  • Paper craft
  • Hats and Fascinators
  • ATCs
  • Cupcake baking
  • Alternative Plushies
  • Tote bags
  • Preserves

Materials I LOVE:

  • Broken watches and clocks
  • Circa 1890 - 1920 Postcards
  • Washi tapes
  • Scrapbooking papers - totally addicted!!
  • Rubber stamps and ink pads
  • Random jewellery findings in antique copper, antique gold or sterling silver
  • Old, falling-apart, books
  • Anything Tim Holtz
  • Steampunk papercraft items
  • Sharpies
  • Pro-markers
  • Lace (particularly neon!)
  • Ribbon (mostly patterned)
  • Embroidery threads - particularly metallics
  • Postage stamps - my friend's little boy collects them (and I like to use the odd one or two on ATCs and greetings cards), so I like to save them for him and me! - if you could post out to me with real stamps that would be so awesome!

Themes I LOVE:

  • Anything Victorian or Edwardian
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory
  • Antique Medical and Lab items
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clockwork
  • Dark Hearts
  • Steampunk
  • Geekery
  • Darkly Victorian
  • Dieselpunk
  • Nerfpunk
  • Japan (modern day and historical)
  • Harajuku
  • Anime
  • Tea Parties
  • Cupcakes
  • Fancy Rats

I'm addicted to making Resin Jewellery, I love casting my own molds in silicone rubber using whatever interesting shapes and objects I can get my hands on. I particularly love making molds from old broken jewellery.

Resin Pendant

Resin Pendant

My books

I create unique books (Artist Books), reborn from antique and forgotten beginnings, or are revived from text book status into a new life of prose... I have been working in this way with books for 17 years and cannot imagine life without my books! I discovered over time that others were calling this "Altered Text". In my naivety thought I had invented it!! I later discovered a number of other artists using the same method of working and became fascinated with Artists Books. I first began 17 years ago working in a way which is quite similar to what is now called "Blackout Poetry", though I tended to make quite colourful pages rather than just in black and white. My very first way of working was to cut out strings of words from magazines and newspapers and make poems that way. I called this "collage poetry". I have exhibited quite a few of my books (I tend to alter whole books – then produce ATCs as prints from the books – but am starting to make ‘one-off’ ATCs this way now too). Most of my books are at least 100 pages and take many months to complete – but I love them! They are like my diaries.

Altered Text

Along with a friend (and fellow artist) we put on an exhibition of Artist Books last summer and to our delight it turned out to be really popular, so much so that I have run workshops on working with altered text. I’m so enthusiastic about it!

About Me

You'd probably describe me as a Steampunk - I love studying the Victorian and Edwardian eras. I have a particular interest in Victorian and Edwardian medical & laboratory science (I'm a young retired cardiac clinical scientist and could affectionately be described as a geek!) So I collect ephemera relating to what can best be described as a 'mad scientist laboratory'!! I do love crazy mechanical contraptions too, things with blinking lights, whirring mechanisms, cogs, gears and copper piping!

I have been a member of the “Brass Goggles” Steampunk Forum for sometime where you will find me there as “Mrs Van Horne”; I have been a Steampunk for quite a long time, many years, though I did not know for quite a while that that was what it was called!

I'm really, really loving nerfpunk too! The combination of steampunk style with neon is my idea of heaven!

I'm learning Japanese as I really love Japanese culture - but I'm still really a beginner!

More favourites!

I am also addicted to Card Making (the effects of which can be seen strewn all over my house!!) Really love TIM HOLTZ stuff and anything crafty relating to Steampunk.

I love baking cakes, mainly cupcakes - I'd much rather be baking them than eating them! So I'm always trying out new recipies on family and friends - not that they mind!

I've recently gotten into making jams, marmalades and other preserves

I'm desperately trying to find NEON lace in any neon / fluro colour, but would adore neon green or yellow in particular. I'm mainly looking for edging lace at least an inch wide, but the wider the better.

I do love sewing and making fabric items, though my skills are not as good as I'd like and I'm trying to improve on them

Favourite Colours

My favourite colours are red, copper, antique gold, yellow, burgundy, teal, turquoise, green and all neon colours.

I also love glitter and all things sparkly!!

I seem to have a current obsession with Green Leopard Print!! (including neon green!)


In postcard swaps if the image is senders choice or a profile choice I quite like the following images etc on cards:

  • Steampunk
  • Victorian and Edwardian
  • Science and Medicine
  • Skulls
  • Japan (modern day and historical)
  • Harajuku and Fruits (not the edible kind!)
  • Geisha and Maiko
  • Kawaii
  • Geekery
  • Clocks
  • Engineering
  • Old machines
  • Vintage Safety Cards
  • Books
  • Cute Halloween
  • Tea, tea parties, cakes, cupcakes
  • Gothic
  • Interesting Quotes
  • Metallics
  • Vintage Pin-Up
  • Vintage Fashion
  • Vintage Advertsing

I'm not so keen on cards with humor, nudity or tourist images (unless the swap calls for it), cutesy themes, pastel colours, teddy bears etc, but kawaii is fine!

I'm not a fan of....

Though I certainly don't want to tell you what to send or to not send things to me, here are a few things I don't like... I won't be mad if I receive them ;-) I'd just pass them onto someone else who could use them....

Clowns pretty much scare me!

I'm not overly-keen on too-cutesy stuff - though the odd bit of kawaii is fine as I love many things from Japan.

I'm not a fan of baby pink, baby blue, pale colours in general, faeries/fairies, unicorns, teddy bears.


A HUGE thank you to:

@kerrydwynn for Angeling to me for the "What your area is famous for Postcard" Swap, when I was flaked on.

@misscorina for Angeling the postcard in "Tea is a cup of life" (postcard and teabag swap)


Please don't send me jewellery with magnets in (I have a pacemaker so can't wear magnetic jewellery)

If I'm in a foodie swap - please avoid sending me anything with WHEAT in it thanks :-)

I'm also a vegan - so no animal products please. I'm ok with folks using recycled leather and upcycled wool jumpers etc - but prefer not to receive items made from new leather, wool, beeswax etc thanks :)


jadesmus rated for Post Apocalyptic Artist Book! on Mar 20, 2013
Comment: Hello and sorry for my very delayed rating:/ The artist book is gorgeous! The cover is really beautiful and I love resin casts, so the three-dimensional nuclear warhead is a great detail. Your use of color is striking and all the tentacle illustrations made me squee! I've never tried that technique of blacking out words and creating a story with what's left seen, and you're able to do it so well. Thank you so much for the extra smaller images too.
Response: You're so welcome, I really really enjoyed making your book :)
Comment: Beautiful card-love the colors and the envelope too. Thanks for all the extras of your past altered text projects and the bits and pieces for me to use in future projects-wonderful partner-thanks for sharing
Response: Really glad you liked it :) thanks for the heart x
mizlilyroo rated for Blackout Poetry #6 on Feb 28, 2013
Comment: I loved the poem and the embellishment. It will help to give me ideas for finishing next time. Thanks Fran.
Response: You're welcome :) Glad you liked it
Comment: absolutely awesome altered text card. love your creativity with collage & text. thank you much for the wonderful extras. blest be
Response: Really glad you liked it :)
Kimiw rated for Birthday Cards For January :D on Jan 25, 2013
Comment: I was so happy and pleased when I got your amazing package! you filled everything up with Shabby chic stuff I loved it! It made my day!
Response: So glad you liked it all :)
katypila rated for Steam Train THIRD track! on Jan 20, 2013
Comment: sorry i took forever
Response: no problem, glad it reached you ok :)
Comment: I loved everything you sent thank you so much! Your very talented! I hope you have a great birthday two! :D
Response: Thanks :) So glad you liked it all x
ivanabu rated for Birthday Cards For January :D on Jan 13, 2013
Comment: Hello Fran, your birthday card and all the small presents made me very happy! It was a great choice, thanks a lot!
Response: You're very welcome :) Glad you liked it.
Comment: It's adorable! And the presentation is great. Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to doing more swaps in the series.
Response: Thanks :) I had such fun making the little guy :D Thank you for the heart, I should list the next swap in the series in a few weeks time.
Spencerette rated for Blackout Poetry #3 on Sep 28, 2012
Comment: Lovely poem and great presentation! I really like how you added images and linked the words together like a long word bubble. Very inspiring :)
Response: Really glad you liked it - thanks for the heart!
latentsmile rated for Blackout Poetry #3 on Sep 26, 2012
Comment: Absolutely stunning! I am inspired by your poem and the art piece you created! Thank you for joining and I honestly hope to be partnered with you again!
Response: You're welcome! Really glad you liked it, thanks so much for hosting, I really enjoyed this swap, quite a challenge for me to just work in black in for a change!
izibella rated for Mini Artist Book Swap on Sep 11, 2012
Comment: Wonderful little book, thankyou - also for the extras :) Good luck with your steampunk event! iz x
Response: You're very welcome - I had fun with this book - I love making mini ones! thanks for the heart! :)
Comment: Oh my goodness, thank you so much! It's so beautiful, and wonderfully packaged... Amelia is composing a response tonight :)
Response: So glad you liked it - I so love little old pharmacy bottles :) Hope it fits into your cabinet well - thanks for the heart! :)
Deloomom rated for QUICK 5 postcard swap #80 on Aug 31, 2012
Comment: Thank you for these fabulous cards! I love them. Thanks for reading my profile. I hope you have a good day!
Response: You're very welcome - thanks for the heart, glad you liked them :)
Comment: I am so happy.
Response: You're welcome - thanks for the heart :)
towenby rated for Altered Text GROW ATC Swap on Aug 25, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC and the extra goodies. It was very much appreciated. I love both your ATC and the 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 found text art as well; they are gorgeous! Thanks again for everything!
Response: You're very welcome - thanks for the heart! :)
kerrydwynn rated for Anatomy Postcard PC QUICK Swap on Aug 24, 2012
Comment: I just LOVE this card! Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it! I really loved her work - it was so pretty at the exhibition :) Thanks for the heart x
GoneDrake rated for Science Nerds ATC #3: Brains! on Aug 8, 2012
Comment: Wow, what an awesome ATC and package! I loved reading about the brain and looking at the pictures =D And both ATCs were so beautifully done!
Response: You're very welcome! I'm kind of fascinated with the brain! Thanks for the heart :)
Brina rated for Private Swap for Brina and ixykix on Aug 7, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous ATCs (I loe your altered texts!) and all the extras!! Everything is so nice!!
Response: hi - you're very welcome! I loved swapping with you :)
cynlen rated for Altered Text Rinchies Swap on Aug 7, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful alterted text rinchies and cards! :-)
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the heart :)

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Aumonae on Jan 3, 2014:

Hope it's a great birthday for you this year.

anrtist on Aug 15, 2013:

HELLO! I sent u an invite to the LLL, Location, Location, Location Group! I hope u enjoy it!!! Blessings, cc

biasbabe on Apr 21, 2013:


Just sending some Hugs Your Way.

HappyCrafter on Sep 21, 2012:

Huh. I was reading over your profile and realized there's a name for what I am- a nerfpunk! It's nice to realize I'm not the only one who thinks neon orange is kind of cool...

RyeRye on Aug 28, 2012:

ROCKIE on Jul 23, 2012:

Thanks for the welcome!

Brina on Jul 16, 2012:

I was reading your profile and I noticed that we have very similar tastes. I wanted to know if you were interested in an exchange of mail, or mail-art to know us a little bit! amber

spinjenny on Jul 8, 2012:

I'm sorry you have had to drop out of this quotecard swap. but you will be welcome in future ones. I hope you feel better soon!

biasbabe on May 1, 2012:


Hope your week is stress free and it brings many happy thoughts.

biasbabe on May 1, 2012:


Welcome to the Group

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