I. Introduction and brief history of Russian Filigree
II. Materials and Safety
• Safety in the studio
• Forming the materials
• Choosing the correct materials for different types of projects
III. Processes and Projects
- Filigree Pendant: Learning the basic structure
- Filigree Earrings: Making multiples and curved pieces
- Large Filigree Bead: Building on the concepts, constructing three dimensional forms
- Filigree Band: Adding more construction options, combining delicacy and durability
- Gold Filigree Ring with Bezel Set Stone: Working with gold, exploring contemporary design options through an old world technique
IV. Tips and Tricks
Making headpins, attaching beads, setting bezels, and many other useful explanations are also accessible via this section, so that viewers can find them easily without searching back through the projects.
V. Printable PDF Book
Detailed instructions for easy reference in the studio, outlining and illustrating in high resolution photographs the steps for each project
VI. Gallery of Possibilities
A portfolio of contemporary Russian filigree pieces to inspire further project ideas with technical information of the pieces explained in the PDF.
Bonus Online Q&A Support Forum
What Others Have to Say
The Michael Bublé of Teachers
Geraldine Brophy, Metalsmith
Praise for “Storms of Juno” Victoria’s Russian filigree cuff bracelet inspired by NASA images of Jupiter
Like Wearing the Universe on Your Wrist
Jane Milosch, Curator, Author, and Founder and Director Emerita of the Provenance Research Initiative, Smithsonian
Cheryl Van Dyke, Tennessee
Art Jewelry magazine, Nov 2007
A self-contained, big city, symphony orchestra
Alfred K. Butler, Horologist
“It’s beyond beautiful…”
No painting, song, or sculpture had ever moved me like your art did. It's beyond beautiful, I cannot describe my feelings. Each piece is so organic, they look alive. Each one left me with different feelings, mostly: wonder, amazement, happiness, and curiosity. Some even a soft anger or loss. But each one left me emotionally rolled. You're work is....life changing. I've finally heard the thundering beacon of what I want for my future. And that is to someday be as an amazing of an artist as you.
I thank you so much for what you do.
“I wish to compliment you on the wonderful DVD you and your production crew produced to introduce your method, knowledge, and vision for Russian Filigree…”
I wish to compliment you on the wonderful DVD you and your production crew produced to introduce your method, knowledge, and vision for Russian Filigree. The DVD demonstrates, so honestly, your dedication, skill and techniques that you have given to master this artful jewelry. You hold back nothing and give so much. This is the best teaching DVD that I have purchased in a long time. Thank you once more for the opportunity to learn from you.
Dean Emeritus Moore College of Art
“In Japan, Victoria would be considered a national treasure…”
Victoria teaches techniques used for millennia to create many of the great works of art one can see in museums. Though these techniques had fallen into disuse due to their labor intensive nature, Victoria has found many tricks that streamline and improve the processes, and she uses them to make strikingly contemporary pieces rooted in the ancient world.
One will never go into a hardware store with the same mind set again. Students are given a series of challenges and opportunities to grow their own inner voices and are encouraged to create works unique to them, at their levels of ability.
The number of places one can learn these skills in the US can be counted conveniently on one's thumbs. In Japan, Victoria would be considered a national treasure, and she would be funded to pass these skills on to the next generation.
Al Boyers, Metalsmith
“by the way in which you have brought it to light, it takes a refreshing approach in a learning and applicable direction….”
It is a very old technology of course, but by the way in which you have brought it to light, it takes a refreshing approach in a learning and applicable direction. This is good for the learning curve of the students in the jewelry arts, to show that we should respect the artisans and their contributions from much earlier times, and not to get caught up in just the "new" methods of application and materials.
Chris Hullinger, Metalsmith
“The 2-1/2 hour DVD is a resource you’ll probably watch over and over again ….”
The images on the DVD are up close so you can really get a good look at exactly what she is doing, and she calmly talks you through each step... The 2 1/2 hour DVD is a resource you'll probably watch over and over again ....
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