Introduction to Filigree Jewellery Workshop: Online – Live Instruction!

Introduction to Filigree Jewellery Workshop
Instructor: Milt Fischbein
December 10-12, Friday 6-9pm Pacific Time, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm Pacific Time
Class Fee: $380 | $75 Materials Kit Fee

Prerequisites: Workshop is suitable for experienced as well as beginner students Basic jewellery fabrication skills along with experience in jewellery soldering is required. 


Learn the fundamentals of making filigree jewellery with Canadian filigree artist Milt Fischbein, a master of his craft. At the end of this interactive workshop, you will have created a beautiful filigree pendant set with a cabochon stone and you will have the knowledge to continue making beautiful filigree objects on your own.  

Filigree is an ancient technique that involves the creation of lace-like silver jewellery out of fine silver wires. Using very basic tools, beautiful objects are made by twisting and curling fine silver threads and soldering them into carefully crafted frames.  

In this long-weekend workshop, you will learn the basics of filigree: how to prepare fine silver filigree wire and sterling silver frames and how to solder them together to create beautiful filigree. 

You will also learn:  

  • Design basics for making filigree pendants
  • How to make a traditional filigree bail
  • How to select the appropriate tools for making filigree
  • How to make a number of different lacey filigree shapes
  • How to solder filigree with both paste and traditional filigree powder solders
  • How to incorporate cabochon stones into your filigree designs

    This will be a live and interactive workshop. Instructor will do live demos and then students will work in their own studios. Students will set up their cellphones or other cameras so that instructor can observe students while they work and provide students with feedback in real time. During the workshop, students may also email photographs of their work in progress. Instructor will provide timely feedback. 

    A material kit will be available containing all of the workshop materials. Included in the kit are filigree wire and frame wire that have been prepared for you. Those who do not have a rolling mill will have enough of these “Instructor Prepared” Items to complete the workshop pendant without the need for a rolling mill. 


    This class is hosted on Zoom. You will need a computer, laptop, smart phone or iPad for conference video (Zoom app required for phone- it’s free!)
    If you do not have experience with Zoom, fret not! We will provide a free online tutorial with one of our staff to help you get comfortable before class. A quick rundown will also be covered the first night of class!

    Zoom meeting ID: ___TBA______ password: ____TBA___

    Zoom class recordings will be available for 30 days following the last day of class.


    Materials KIT:

    These items will be provided in your material kit. You will have enough of everything to make the workshop pendant as well as at least one or two more filigree items.  

    Included in the kit are filigree wire and frame wire that has been prepared for you. Those who do not have a rolling mill will have enough of these “Instructor Prepared” items to complete the workshop pendant without the need for a rolling mill.  

    Also included in the kit are two pairs of tweezers and a solder application tool which are yours to keep. 

    Kit will include:

    • Tweezer Style 00
    • Tweezer Style 3
    • Solder Application tool (Modified for you by Instructor)
    • Paste Solder – enough for several pendants
    • Fine Silver wire 26 Ga
    • Fine Silver wire 20 Ga
    • Filigree Wire 26GaF0.4 Not Annealed 1 meter, Prepared by Instructor
    • Filigree Wire 26GaF0.25 Annealed, 0.6 meter, Prepared by Instructor
    • Sterling Silver wire 16 Ga – Rolled to 16GaF0.9 by Instructor and not annealed
    • Sterling Silver wire 18 Ga- Rolled to 18GaF0.7 by Instructor and not annealed
    • Jump Rings 20 Ga 4.6 mm OD (3)
    • Bezel Cup Round 10 mm Fine or Sterling Silver
    • Carnelian Cabochon Stone 10 mm round
    • Materials for Filigree Bail
      • 20 Ga Sterling silver wire flattened for use (SS 20GaF0.45x1)
      • 26 Ga Fine Silver wire prepared as filigree filler

    Students MUST have:

    Note: More detail about these tools will be provided upon registration

    • Flex Shaft with a #30 Hand Piece
    • Torch / Soldering Area with good ventilation
    • Ceramic Honeycomb Soldering Block
    • Soldering Tweezers
    • Pickle Pot
    • Flush Cutter
    • Digital Caliper
    • Steel Bench Block
    • Ring Mandrel
    • Plastic or Rawhide Mallet
    • Chain Nose Pliers
    • Stainless Steel Binding Wire
    • Ruler

    Instructor Bio:

    Milt Fischbein is an independent jewellery artist and teacher. He discovered his love of working with precious metals over 25 years ago. Milt is one of only a handful of metal artists in North America whose studio practice focuses primarily on the design and fabrication of filigree objects. Milt has been fortunate to be able to study filigree techniques with diverse range of well-known filigree artists.  

    Milt has been fine tuning ancient filigree techniques in his Calgary, Alberta studio, creating a body of contemporary silver and gold filigree jewellery. He has been passing on his knowledge of filigree through workshops and lectures. He is a professional member of the Alberta Craft Council. 

    His works have been published in Edmonton’s Where Magazine, Alberta Craft Magazine and in Victoria Lansford’s 2019 Update of her Russian Filigree DVD. A write up on his studio was featured in the July 2017 issue of the MJSA Journal. 

    View more of Milt’s work here:  

    Website : www.mfmetalarts.com  

    Facebook : www.facebook.com/MFMetalArts  

    Instagram : @mfmetalarts  

    YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC30WkSSzPpRf10Cs2_G4cjA 


    Tools are available to purchase through Danaca Design Studio with 15% student discount code. Shop tools HERE. If you don’t see what you need please email us, dana@danacadesign.com.


    Review our class cancellation policy HERE.