Learn the exquisite technique of Russian filigree – also known as filigrana
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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
Dean Emeritus Moore College of Art
Cheryl Van Dyke, Tennessee
Art Jewelry magazine, Nov 2007
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
Chris Hullinger, Metalsmith
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