02/18 and 02/25 Intro to Soldering Stencils, Filigree without Borders with Michelle Lierre


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Saturday, February 18 and 25, 2023 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
2, 3-hour sessions

Instructor: Michelle Lierre, Lierreworks

Intermediate Level


Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.

The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.

This class will be recorded, and the recording will be available for students to access through their Little Metal Foxes accounts for a full month after the live class.

What are Soldering Stencils you ask? Well, I am so glad you asked!

In essence, they are titanium templates that hold together lots of small pieces in a particular shape and allow you to solder or fuse them together.

Traditionally, filigree artists would make their own stencils out of thick brass or copper wire. In an effort to improve the design, Chris of Lion Punch Forge and I came up with a design for making the frames in titanium that are durable, less of a heat sink, and exact in their shapes.

In this class, we will be learning how to form repeating filigree patterns out of silver wire, place them into titanium stencils, and then solder to create an open-work filigree design that can be used in many different ways. 

It will be broken up into two parts with a week in between for you to prepare your components and work on your design. As time allows, we also touch on how to form your filigree creations into a variety of different kinds of jewelry, how to polish and finish them, how to add small tube settings, and what to do if you melt a spot by accident.

To be successful in this class, you will need to already be fairly comfortable with soldering, annealing & torch control, and have a basic understanding of how to shape and work with silver wire. 

To make the most of your time, we will not be drawing or twisting filigree wire in this class. We will be using premade sterling silver filigree wire available at Rio Grande (see materials list) or smooth wire rolled or hammered slightly flat and annealed. You are welcome to make your own filigree wire but please note that fine silver is not appropriate for this project since it is too soft. 

A soldering stencil is required for this class and if you need one, it can be provided for anyone in the USA and elsewhere on an individual basis depending on your shipping location. 

I hope that you will join me for this exciting class! If you have any questions or need help with gathering tools and supplies, please feel free to email me at michellelierre@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram @lierreworks

Day 1: 

  • Introduction & Overview of Tools and Materials
  • Overview of various types of filigree and the style we will be learning with some examples. 
  • A quick lesson on making granules if needed
  • How to form & create different filigree shapes-
  • Setting up your stencil and placing shapes & granules inside
  • Q&A (the last 30 mins of class will be reserved for questions)
  • Homework: creating more filigree pieces and placing them in the frame ready to solder.

Day 2:

  • More on filigree placing, patterns, and design
  • Applying solder
  • Soldering shapes together and testing for connection strength.
  • Shaping & Finishing
  • We will talk about how to add in other elements like tube settings, adding a backplate, soldering vs fusing, repairing melted areas & general troubleshooting.
  • Q&A (the last 30 mins of class will be reserved for questions)



Supply List for Students

The links below will take you to RioGrande.com or other suppliers. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping). This site may contain Amazon and other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, at no cost to you, we may receive a small commission on qualifying purchases.

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Optional Alternatives to Filigree wire: 

Fine silver is not recommended for this project due to its softness.

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