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Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters: Russian Filigree

I. Introduction and brief history of Russian Filigree

II. Materials and Safety

  • Safety in the studio
  • Forming the materials
  • Choosing the correct materials for different types of projects

    III. Processes and Projects
    1. Filigree Pendant: Learning the basic structure
    2. Filigree Earrings: Making multiples and curved pieces
    3. Large Filigree Bead: Building on the concepts, constructing three dimensional forms
    4. Filigree Band: Adding more construction options, combining delicacy and durability
    5. Gold Filigree Ring with Bezel Set Stone: Working with gold, exploring contemporary design options through an old world technique

    IV. Tips and Tricks
    Making headpins, attaching beads, setting bezels, and many other useful explanations are also accessible via this section, so that viewers can find them easily without searching back through the projects.

    V. Printable PDF Book
    Detailed instructions for easy reference in the studio, outlining and illustrating in high resolution photographs the steps for each project

    VI. Gallery of Possibilities
    A portfolio of contemporary Russian filigree pieces to inspire further project ideas with technical information of the pieces explained in the PDF.

    Bonus Online Q&A Support Forum

    Purchase of the DVD includes membership to a dedicated forum for questions and answers, maintained by Victoria

    About the artist:
    Internationally acclaimed artist, educator, author and publisher Victoria Lansford creates one-of-a-kind wearable pieces of art and art objects that evoke the mystery and splendor of ancient masters, yet are infused with her own provocative vision. She has pushed the boundaries of design and execution in many old world techniques, including high relief Eastern repoussé, Russian filigree, chain making, and granulation in over 20 years of comprehensive exploration of metal as art.

    Her instructional publications in the series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, including Russian Filigree (DVD, 2006), Rings (DVD, 2008), All Chained Up (paperback, 2008), and the latest edition Eastern Repoussé and Chasing (DVD, 2009) have sold throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and North and South America.

    Victoria's award winning work has appeared in juried and curated shows throughout the United States and has been featured in many books and magazines, including Metalsmith magazine’s 2007 Exhibition in Print, Chasing & Repoussé by Nancy Megan Corwin (Brynmorgan Press, 2009), The Jeweler’s Studio Handbook, by Brandon Holschuh (Quarry Books, 2009), multiple issues of Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, Art Jewelry magazine, and on Home & Garden Television’s 2007 season of That’s Clever.

    A long time educator in the arts, she is committed to sustaining ancient techniques by passing on this ancient knowledge to other artists. She served as head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta from 1997 to 2004, creating its comprehensive program, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Victoria continues to teach and mentor students throughout the world.

    Victoria’s internationally collected artwork is available in art galleries around the United States. She creates and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


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