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Weave the ancient art filigree with your jewelry in this fantastic workshop with Valentina Caprini.
Valentina, a teacher and contemporary jewelry artist based in Florence, Italy, has made a deep study of Italian filigree techniques, including the traditional fligree artisans near Genova, which is still an important center for this technique. During this workshop you will not only learn how to make filigree yourself, but also about its rich history, and her insights into Italian filigree. We're excited to have this opportunity to bring Valentina to California to share her work with our students.
All of the essential steps to create a finished silver filigree design will be shown, from the making of the wire, to soldering and finishing. Filigree is composed of delicate combinations of wires, including twisted patterns, that are turned into decorative motifs, like spirals. Soldering this kind of fine material is delicate, and she’ll show you how to use special solders and how to adjust your heat. And she’ll also demonstrate the best methods for polishing and finishing your filigree.
Valentina personally gives each student lots of hands on help with technique, the design and aesthetics of the final project so that they can leave with a finished project. Register today to learn this ancient filigree technique and weave it into your contemporary jewelry designs.
A kit of materials and use of tools is included. Each student has a bench full of tools to use, including their own soldering station and flex shaft.
If this class is sold out, please email us to be added to the waitlist.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations
Students must have basic fabrication skills, like succesful completion of Basic Jewelry 1 or Basic Jewelry 1 & 2. Basic fabrication skills include recent practice with sawing, soldering, filing, and using power tools like a flex shaft.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA