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In this class, students will learn the traditional technique of open back filigree. Beginning with the simple materials of flat stock and round wire, students will twist, flatten, hammer, form and solder their materials into complete pieces. Some of the skills that will be developed in this class include how to make filigree wire, analyzing strength in layout and design, enhanced soldering skills, awareness of connections when soldering, a strong understanding of how to properly direct heat when soldering, and how quickly filigree wire can melt.
The format of this technique will be taught as a pendant or earrings, but a motivated student would be welcome to branch out and try something more ambitious. Filigree is a tedious process that requires patience and consideration, as such, students will be encouraged to pace themselves accordingly with their projects. The instructor’s goal for this class is for each student to go home with confidence on the topic being presented.
Students taking this class should be comfortable with basic jewelry techniques such as using pliers, a saw frame, files, etc. They should also be comfortable with using a torch to solder sterling silver.
Materials, Supplies & Tools
A Materials Kit is included with workshop fee. Download the Supply List for what is included, plus a list of tools and supplies to bring to class.
August 20, 2023