Russian Filigree

Learn the secret of Russian filigree, the technique of tension fitted, open back filigree. Discover the necessary steps and tricks to ensure success and fun through this exquisite technique.
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  • 3-day Workshop
    A $25 fee for silver materials is due at class time
  • 10am - 5pm
    Each day
  • Victoria Lansford
  • Dates Offered

Call to register for this workshop (919) 732-9702 or register online.

Through extensive demonstrations and hands-on exploration, you will learn how to make delicate scolloped wire, create a pendant and a finger ring, and begin a bead.

Also included in the workshop will be discussions and demonstrations of Victoria’s contemporary sculptural jewelry and functional objects and other three-dimensional possibilities with the process.

Those familiar with the technique through Victoria's Russian Filigree DVD and who have made several of the projects from the DVD may choose to work on more advanced projects. If so, please email Victoria Lansford with ideas of what you would like to make, so she can suggest which supplies you might need.

Participants must know how to solder with a torch.

Victoria Lansford has generated an international revival of nearly lost metalsmithing techniques through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating. This class is intended to share this exquisite technique with others and provide the necessary steps and tricks to ensure success and fun through the project.

Supply List

  • Russian Filigree Powdered Solder

    Extra jars available for sale after the workshop

    To save time, we will use Russian Filigree Powdered Solder instead of making the solder form scratch. Enough solder will be provided for use during class.

  • Solder

    Easy and hard silver wire solder
  • Handy paste flux

  • 1 gallon of distilled water

Metals Provided

Metal is included in cost of workshop to make one project. Extra metal can be purchased through OQZO Metalsmith. Please note all metal should be dead soft from RioGrande. Please order from RioGrande to avoid quality problems.

  • 1.5ft 16 gauge round sterling wire
  • 16in 16 gauge square sterling wire
  • 2ft 18 gauge square sterling wire
  • .75 oz 26 gauge round fine silver wire

Tools & Equipment

Tools for each student will be available for use through OQZO Metalsmith.
  • Fine pointed tweezers AA or MM Boley Style

    Very Important!

    These should be very pointed, not have teeth, and must never have been used for soldering! They will be used for forming the tiny filler wires. Can purchase them from RioGrande.

  • Compressed charcoal block

    Must be "compressed" type
  • Joyce Chen kitchen shears

    or other very sharp scissors
  • Small steel bench block

    Very important! Every student needs one
  • Pliers

    Round, flat, and long fine chain nose pliers (Lindstrom or similar)
  • Flux brush

    Very important! Cheap nylon type is best.
  • Saw Frame

    with 2/0 Blades
  • Flat and 1/2 round needle files

  • Mandrels

    Round ring mandrel (2-3 for the class)
  • Rawhide mallet

  • Black Sharpie marker

  • Forming pliers with nylon jaws

  • Deep-bending forming pliers with nylon jaws

  • Delrin flat pliers

    optional, but helpful
  • 7/8” silicon knife edge wheels & screw top mandrels for flex shaft

    Coarse, medium and high shine
  • Mini muslin buff and blue rouge

    or other high polish compound
  • Mask and safety goggles

    for using the flex shaft

Getting Started

Tools and Skill: The Fundamentals of Metalsmith.

Additional Classes

1 & 2-Day Classes to Hone Your Skills

Open Studio

Need a place to create? Open studio days are available.

The Studio

Take a Class • Teach a Class • Open Studio Time Available

OQZO Metalsmith is located in the beautiful and quiet woods of Hillsborough, North Carolina and provides a well-lit, well-equipped studio enviroment perfect for teaching and creating handmade sterling silver jewelry.

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