3D Filigree with Victoria Lansford

Thursday, June 16, 2022; 9:30AM - 11:00AM PT (Pacific Time)
Thursday, June 23, 2022; 9:30AM - 11:00AM PT (Pacific Time)
Thursday, June 30, 2022; 9:30AM - 11:00AM PT (Pacific Time)
Thursday, July 7, 2022; 9:30AM - 10:30AM PT (Pacific Time)

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Cost: $450


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Say goodbye to flat filigree and take yours to new levels of interest as Victoria demystifies all of her intricate 3D filigree structures. Enter a new realm of individualized, online metalsmithing that gives everyone live group Q&A coaching for their projects, fits demos within your own studio schedule, creates a strong sense of community, and ensures you have time to translate these techniques into your own projects and designs.

This is a weekly class with time in between each session to work on the class projects. We begin the first day live with Victoria’s no-fail method for understanding her process as you learn to think in dimensional filigree. Our first project will be a small sculptural pendant to discover all the technical considerations needed to bend and form soldered filigree. 

Next we’ll unlock the secrets for designing your own sculptural forms as Victoria reveals how she builds her complex flip-ups, overlapping curves, spiral wraps, mobius strips, and fabric folds for which she is famous. Learn what shapes of frames and filling styles lend themselves to what types of bending, the different tools and ways to bend, how to avoid wires becoming unsoldered, and how to fix them when they do.

With this new focus for the live sessions, you get more one-on-one instructor time and detailed, in the moment feedback as you progress through the course. Each of the 4 weeks, you will have access to new, close-up, step-by-step demonstrations in high res 4K video to watch as you work at your own pace. All your questions will be answered in the live, weekly, group coaching sessions and in between sessions via Padlet, a private virtual space that will help create a sense of class community and facilitate speedy feedback and in depth discussion in the live sessions. Expect to complete at least 1-3 projects. 

Techniques covered include: 
Designing dimensional filigree
Filling styles for frames
Forming and bending filigree
Fixing wires after bending
4, weekly live sessions
Access to demo videos for 30 days after final class
Bonus demos for common problems and troubleshooting
Continued support from Victoria via Padlet for 30 days after the final class
Total work time with instructor feedback 60 days.

 

This course is available as a live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.

 

Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. 

A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • 12ft (or more) 26ga/.4mm round fine silver wire (if you prefer to roll your own filler wire)
  • If you do not have access to a rolling mill: 6ft or more pre-made fine silver Russian filigree filler wire 
  • Distilled water
  • Paste flux such as Handy Flux 
  • Russian Filigree powdered solder
  • Torch- acetylene/air, butane, oxy/propane, propane/air
  • Pickle and contianer for pickle
  • Copper or bamboo tongs for the pickle
  • Cheap flux brush
  • Saw frame and 2/0 saw blades
  • Flat or half round needle file
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Fine tip chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Nylon forming pliers
  • Deep bending pliers
  • Flat nose Delrin pliers
  • Fine tip tweezers
  • Scriber or agate burnisher
  • Compressed (hard) charcoal block
  • Joyce Chen or other sharp shears
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Steel bench block
  • Sharpie marker
  • Rolling Mill (flat or combo rollers) for making filler wire

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class

 

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.

 

Prerequisites:

In addtion to basic jewelry skills, you must have taken an introductory filigree class, either with Milt Fischbein, Victoria Lansford, or one of Victoria's long time students, and made a few filigree pieces . If you have questions about whether you have the required filigree experience, please contact us! 

This class is an intermediate filigree class so you need to know how to make your own filler wire, construct and fill filigree frames. 

Instructor:

Victoria Lansford (Guest)

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.