About this class
Say goodbye to flat filigree, and take yours to new levels of interest. Learn how Victoria designs and forms her complex filigree structures. Begin with a no fail method for dimensional filigree and move on to the complex forms you dream of making. Get help with designing, soldering, and forming to bring your ideas to life in a limited size Zoom classroom.
THIS CLASS WILL MEET FOR 4 SESSIONS:
FRIDAYS, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
SEPTEMBER 11 – OCTOBER 2, 2020
All sessions recorded and available for 60 days after the class is finished.
Where: All classes will be held on Zoom. Students will have access to demonstration videos and class recordings for 45 days after the final class. New to Zoom? Watch the video at the top of this page to learn how (and have a good laugh).
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN AND MAKE
We’ll start out with a small sculptural pendant to understand the design and technical considerations needed, then move on to the puzzle-like structures for which Victoria is known. You’ll receive a downloadable handout with templates you can print and work from. Expect to complete 1-2 projects.
Can’t Be There Live? No Problem!
The Live Class Support Time will be recorded so you can watch it whenever works for you. Post your questions ahead of time, and they will be answered during the Live Online Support sessions. You’ll have access to the sessions for 60 days to watch at your convenience.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
The same tools and equipment you normally use for Russian filigree plus these materials:
- 2 ft (60 cm) of 18 gauge (1 mm) square, sterling wire
- 6 ft (1.8 meaters) of 26 gauge, fine silver Russian filigree filler wire or 12 ft (3.5 meters) 26 gauge (.4 mm) fine silver wire if you prefer to make your own before class
- Russian Filigree Powdered Solder
- Some combination of delrin or plastic curved and flat pliers (See photo. All are available at Rio Grande and other suppliers. If one of these tools is currently unavailable or you can’t get it, don’t worry! There’s likely something else that will work. The main ingredients are the metal and the powdered solder. Rio has a Swanstrom version of the white handled half plastic flat / half metal round tip pliers. If you need to prioritize, get the Swanstrom flat delrin and the Eurotool Curved Forming Pliers with Nylon Jaws. Any small bezel mandrel or small dapping punch around 1/4″ or 5-7 mm may be helpful. Exact diameter does not matter.)
WONDERING IF THIS CLASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
This course is designed for those with a working knowledge of Russian Filigree from Victoria’s video or in-person workshops,
(or a workshop with one of her highly experienced students).
To keep the class moving, everyone should already have an understanding of how to create frames from square wire, make fine silver filler wire (or purchase it ready made from Victoria), fill the frames with filler wire, solder with Russian Filigree Powdered Solder, and polish the pieces to completion. You don’t have to be advanced at these processes yet, but you do have to done them a few times. You’ll also need your own studio space with a torch in which to work on the projects.
If you’re not sure whether this class is for you, please email Victoria 2-3 photos of Russian filigree pieces you have completed. Please make sure your photos are high res and in focus. (They don’t have to be amazing photos just big, and clear.)
Storms of Juno, Russian filigree cuff bracelet
Russian Filigree video for download/streaming