Wednesdays, April 7-28, 2021 (4 weeks)
6:00 - 8:30 pm PDT
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
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.
The beautiful and delicate art of filigree has been practiced around the world for millennia. It is a lace-like patterning created by constructing a silver or gold frame filled with finely twisted and flattened wires. During this class, we will practice basic soldering skills, learn new soldering techniques, and jewelry craftsmanship through demos & exercises that are designed to introduce new skills, increase your knowledge about filigree, as well as, give you tips and tools that will make soldering simple with a variety of solders. The focus of the exercises will be on filigree construction. We will begin with the basics of the frame with sterling, making consistent fill with fine silver, then putting the frames and fill together. Then we will work on forming the filigree by doming and working on a ring.
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.
You will need a couple of feet of sterling 16ga round wire, a foot or two of 16ga square, and 1oz of 28ga round fine silver. Also, a wide variety of shapes and gauges of wire are available and are great to add to your designs. We will use heavier 16ga gauge wires for the frame in sterling and lighter gauges for the twisted fill wires. But it’s nice to have a little variety more your designs. Having a selection of beads and stones is not only fun but provides punch to your design ideas. Your selection of unique objects and colors makes your work interesting and different.
- 26ga fine silver round wire (1 ozt.)
- 16g round sterling wire (about 2 feet)
- Optional: cloisonné /bezel wire
- Filigree wire
- Rectangle wire
- Flattened round wire
I recommend having a foot of each hardness wire solder on hand for general soldering needs. I will also be demonstrating the use of solder paste.
- Silver wire solder
- Paste solder (easy)
- Russian Filigree Powder -You will also need with this Distilled water and small container & Small natural bristle paintbrush
Basic Jewelry Tools and Equipment
- Jeweler saw & 4/0 blades / 2/0 blades
- Small Nylon curved forming pliers
- Wide curve forming pliers
- Small planishing hammer
- Small rawhide mallet
- Center punch/scribe
- Needle files
- Flush wire cutters
- Jewelry pliers
- Half-round file
- 6" x 6" solderite pads
- Long-life charcoal block
- Paste flux
- Silicone polishing set
- Pumice wheel set
- Small tweezers
- Blue heron 00 tweezers
Or MegaView Magnifier headset
- Magnifier glasses
- Steel bench block
- Small steel bench block
- Flex shaft or drill
- PEPETOOLS combo rolling mill - Great option to have a rolling mill but wire can be flattened with planishing hammer.
- Sand/emery/wet-dry paper
- Note-taking and drawing tools