Filigree Technique with Filipa Oliveira

30 Sep 2024 - 01 Oct 2024 · 9.30am – 4.30pm
£349 (8 places), Bookings close 16 September 2024
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London EC1M 5AD
Programme type
Technical Skills Training
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Uncover the secrets of the practice of filigree, an ancient jewellery technique perfected over 5000-years ago. Learn to create delicate, one-of-a-kind metalwork using fine twisted threads of silver or gold under the guidance of renowned filigree expert Filipa Oliveira.

Over two days, Filipa will guide you through practical demonstration and hands-on individual practice, introducing you to the world of filigree – where tradition meets innovation. Perfect for both beginners and intermediate learners, this course delves into the intricacies of the process, offering you the chance to master this technique as part of a small group.

Our small class size will help you to explore this ancient jewellery craft with a leading contemporary master through group guidance and 1:1 time with your tutor and will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the specialist skill of filigree.


  • Basic tool kit including saw frame, saw blades, hand file (1/2 round or flat cut 2).
  • Different shape needle files.
  • Ruler.
  • Steel tweezers x2 (type AA tweezers).
  • Small nail scissors.
  • Tiny glass container for solder.
  • Set of pliers.
  • Soldering paint brush.
  • Bench brush.


  • Spectacles or head visor (if required) to work on small details.

What will I be provided with?

  • Silver wire and solder in required size and quantity.
  • Brass sheet and disc as required.
  • Acrylic square to work on.
  • Additional specialised equipment.
  • Beginner: No practical experience or understanding of the listed skills required.
  • Intermediate: Some practical experience and basic understanding of the listed skill required

To benefit most from this course, participants should have experience of being in a workshop environment and be able to work independently on basic tasks such as piercing, filling and soldering.

Developed approximately 5,000 years ago, the term filigree comes from the Latin word “filum” meaning thread” and “granum” meaning grain, which is a reference to the very fine twisted wire used in this technique.

We believe that talent should not be held back. Here at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, we are open, accessible and inclusive to all. Our Access Grants help anyone to build thriving creative careers, supporting jewellers, silversmiths and allied industry practitioners to access our training courses for free.

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Who is the tutor?

Filipa Oliveira is a filigree specialist. She has won many awards for her filigree work, including the New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Jewellery. She uses this ancient technique in an innovative way to lend detail and heritage to her work. This historical element allows both the past and present to be encompassed within each piece of jewellery and is evocative of different times and cultures.