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Learn how to make filigree jewelry with Canadian Filigree Artist Milt Fischbein. Milt will teach you the fundamentals of making filigree jewelry. At the end of this workshop you will have created a beautiful filigree pendant set with a cabochon stone and you will have the knowledge to continue making beautiful filigree objects on your own.
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 learn the basics of filigree and will create a lovely filigree pendant. You will learn how to prepare fine silver filigree wire and sterling silver frames and how to solder them together to create beautiful filigree jewellery. You will also learn how to make a filigree bail. Soldering with both powder and paste solder will be demonstrated.
Techniques that you will learn include:
How to make fine silver filigree wire
How create numerous lacy filigree shapes
How to create frames
Filigree soldering with paste solder and powder solder
Formulas and techniques for making your own filigree powder solder
Design basics for making filigree pendants
Incorporating bezel set cabochon stones in your filigree jewellery
How to fabricate a traditional filigree bail
Selecting the appropriate tools for making filigree
This course meets for 5 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 15 hours.
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and 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).
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with 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
- Soldering Tweezers Type MM or AA or 00
- Flex Shaft
- Filigree Tweezers. Included in your kit (never used for soldering)
- Solder application tool. Included in your kit
- Flush cutter – Light duty
- Flush cutter – Medium duty
- Digital Caliper
- Steel Bench Block
- Ring Mandrel
- Plastic or Rawhide Mallet
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Flat Nose Pliers
- Ruler – 6” steel
- Cell phone with camera
- Stainless Steel binding wire 0.4 mm
- Safety Equipment as required ie Dust Mask, safety glasses, natural fiber clothing etc
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Basic metalsmithing skills including previous experience soldering is required.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA