Filigree

Portuguese filigree is one of our national symbols

This millenial technique was often made on small and familiar ateliers. This technique shared through different generations until it finally become part of portuguese soul.

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The Filigree Process

1. Sketch

It all began with a sketch. This is the starting point to create a filigree piece. The sketch is usually made on a paper and shows every single detail of the jewel.

2. Foundry

To get the metal – gold or silver – with the right properties, first we have to foundry the different materials. Then, the content is passed out to a grid, which give the material the right shape.

3. Sawing the plate

The cast – which will give the proper shape – is drawn in a paper and then decal on the plate.

4. Pull the wire

First, we have to get the wire with the right thickness. Then, this extremely thin wire is pulled by hand between the gaps.

5. Twist the wire

To get a stronger filigree wire, we have to put two different wires together through twisting.

6. Create the shape

The shape of the filigree piece is created around the cast with the help of a tweezers.

7. Fill the piece

Then, we have to fill the piece with filigree wires to create different shapes.

8. Put the solder

To connect the different elements of a filigree piece we have to sold everything together.

9. Weld

Weld the piece is a very delicate part of the filigree process. The final goal is to get a strong and even piece.

10. Shape the piece

Then we give relief to the filigree piece with a hammer.

11. Final finishing

The final shine is given with the immersion of the piece in an acid bath. Then, it’s sanded with a metal brush. After this process, the piece is clean and dry and it’s ready!

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