Russian Filigree

Course Description

About this course

Learn the secret of Russian filigree; the technique of tension fitted, open back filigree, or filigrana. Through extensive demonstrations and hands-on exploration, you will learn how to make delicate scalloped wire and use that process to create a pendant and begin a finger ring. Discover the necessary steps and tricks to ensure success and fun through this exquisite technique.

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 this process. Those familiar with Victoria's Russian Filigree techniques will have the opportunity to work on more advanced projects. Participants must know how to solder with a torch.

Meet the Instructor

Victoria Lansford

For 25 years post-conceptual artist, educator, and author, Victoria Lansford has created one-of-a-kind wearable sculpture and art objects that evoke the mystery and splendor of ancient masters yet are infused with her own provocative vision. Through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating Victoria has generated an international revival of nearly lost metalsmithing techniques, including Russian filigree and Eastern repousse, and paved the way for metalsmiths to rediscover the variations from other cultures.

Her award winning artwork has appeared in exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Wayne Arts Center, the Mulvane Art Museum, the von Liebig Art Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Museum and in numerous publications, including the Lark 500 book series, Metalsmith and Jewelry Artist magazines, Repousse and Chasing (Brynmorgan Press), On Body and Soul: Contemporary Amulets to Armor (Schiffer Publishing) and on Home and Garden Television. She created the metals program and served as head of the Metalsmithing Department at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta from 1997-2004 and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee.

Victoria's internationally acclaimed instructional DVD and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, featuring the titles Russian Filigree, Rings, All Chained Up, Eastern Repoussé and Chasing, and her iPhone™ app, iMakeJewelry have sold throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Victoria lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Materials & Tools 

A materials kit will be provided for this workshop. It is estimated to cost $40 and is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes 16 gauge round and square sterling wire, a 1/4 ounce of 26 gauge round fine silver wire, a fresh hard compressed charcoal block, and other misc supplies for the process.

To save time, we will use Russian Filigree Powdered Solder instead of making the solder from scratch. Enough solder will be provided for use during class. Sheet, wire, as well as paste solder will also be available for use in class.

If you have made several of the projects from the DVD, you may choose to work on more advanced projects. If so, please email Victoria with ideas of what you would like to make, and she will suggest which supplies you might need.


Students should bring 
  • Fine pointed tweezers AA or MM Boley style (for an example, click here -- may be ordered from any supplier) very important piece of equipment! These must never have been used for soldering!
  • Fine chain nose pliers (Lindstrom or something similar)
  • Sharpie marker

Optional - The following items are available at Metalwerx to use during class. However, students may have to share. You are welcome to bring your own if you prefer:

  • Round and flat pliers
  • Nylon ring bending pliers
  • Small steel bench block
  • Flux brush (very important! Cheap nylon type is best.)
  • Round ring mandrel
  • Mask and safety goggles for using the flex shaft



Materials Cost



Victoria Lansford


August 11 -12, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Intermediate and above
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