Filigree 4 - Filigree Cuffs

Saturday, November 6, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, November 7, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $350

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

Advance your skills in making filigree jewellery with Canadian Filigree Artist Milt Fischbein. Milt will teach you the fundamentals of making hinged filigree cuff bracelets. At the end of this workshop you will have learned the skills to create several styles of hinged filigree cuffs

Filigree 2, 3 and 4 can be taken in any order. 

Filigree is an ancient technique that involves the creation of lace-like silver jewellery out of fine silver wires. Using very basic tools, beautiful objects are made by twisting and curling fine silver threads and soldering them into carefully crafted frames.

In this interactive workshop you will be introduced to techniques for making hinged filigree cuff bracelets and we will work together to create a hinged filigree cuff.  You will learn the basics of filigree cuff design so that you can design and fabricate your own filigree cuffs. 


Techniques that you will learn include

  • Design basics for making hinged filigree cuffs
  • How to make filigree style hinges, using techniques that apply to regular tube hinges as well, including making knuckle style hinges and hinge pins and riveting the hinge pins.
  • Correct types of filigree wire, and frame wire to use to make hinged cuffs
  • How to incorporate faceted gemstones and cabochon stones into your cuff designs
  • An overview on applying these skills to non-hinged cuff bracelets 


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


A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.


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.

  • Torch and Soldering set up
  • Rolling Mill (Please see detailed notes)
  • Flex Shaft
  • Filigree Tweezers – Two pairs, Type 00 and Type 3
  • Soldering Tweezers Type MM or AA or 00
  • Flush cutter – Light duty
  • Flush cutter – Medium duty
  • Digital Caliper 
  • Steel Bench Block
  • Round Bracelet Mandrel
  • Brass Caliper
  • Needle Files, Round, Square and Triangular
  • Sturdy Vise
  • Nylon or Rawhide Mallet
  • Half round pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Ruler – 6” steel
  • Cell phone with camera 
  • Stainless Steel binding wire 0.4 mm
  • Safety Equipment as required: Dust Mask, safety glasses, natural fiber clothing, etc


Materials Required (there is no kit for this class) 

A list of materials with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration in the same file as your tool list. 

  • Sterling Silver Square wire, 14 Ga, Dead Soft, 1 meter (3.3 feet)
  • Sterling Silver Round wire 22Ga, Dead Soft, 2 meters (6.6 feet)
  • Sterling Silver Round wire 0.9 mm, Half hard or Spring Hard, 0.2 Meters (1 foot)
  • One Lobster Claw or similar clasp
  • Jump Rings 18Ga 5 mm OD
  • Curb Chain, 2 mm wide, 5 inches
  • Assortment of wire for making filigree filler and internal frame wire as done in previous workshops.  Varies depending on your designs.

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.





Basic metalsmithing skills, including previous experience with jewellery soldering is required.

Must have prior experience with filigree or have taken Introduction to Filigree Jewellery or have taken another filigree class with an experienced filigree instructor.



Milt Fischbein (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.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.