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Lessons in Filigree

I’ve mentioned on my facebook page that I’ve been taking lessons in silver filigree, once weekly sessions of about 1.5 to 2 hours each for 8 weeks.  Each week our tutor Kevin Attard started off by explaining the filling technique we would be learning that week and then we would have a go at creating a piece of jewellery ourselves, shaping and soldering the frame, then coiling the delicate silver and finally filling in the frame and soldering everything.

I took some photos of my work in progress from lesson two onwards, it didn’t cross my mind in the first week.  The finished pieces can be viewed all together in the last photo.

The projects were:

Lesson 1:  Drop pendant

No photos of work in progress… my bad!  Finished pendant may be seen in last photo at end of post.

Lesson 2:  Earrings

Lesson 3:  Adjustable ring

Lessons 4 & 5:  Flower pendant & flower earrings

Lesson 6:  Ring of own design

During lesson 6 we were to make a ring of our own design to be shown alongside our tutor’s works at an exhibition called “Crieket” (meaning “Rings”).  Unfortunately I missed this lesson as I was abroad, however I managed to have a simple frame formed and soldered before the start of the lesson the following week.

I filled in the outer area with filigree work and soldered it before shaping the ring to fit.

Finally, I attached round crystals in the middle hollow section with silver wire.

I’m pretty happy with the design, however I’ve notched up another reason for buying my own soldering equipment! :)

Lesson 7:  Hair Barrette

Lesson 8:  Cleaning of projects

The last lessons was reserved for cleaning all the projects done during the course.

 

 

10 thoughts on “Lessons in Filigree

  1. Joanne Post author

    Thanks Denise! :) You’re right about the glasses, it’s sometimes really hard for me to see what I’m doing. I’m short sighted, so to work I need to take off my long-distance specs, but I guess I’ll soon have to start wearing magnifiers!

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