Filigree with Filipa Oliveira

04 Sep 2022 · 9:30AM - 4:30PM
£289 (8 places)
Specialist Workshop, The Goldsmiths' Centre, EC1M 5AD
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Filigree is a 5000-year-old jewellery technique, which uses fine twisted threads of silver or gold to create the most varied designs. Led by filigree specialist Filipa Oliveira, join our two-day short course, which will cover the skills of this ancient jewellery technique through practical demonstrations, handouts and individual practice.

During this two-day jewellery short course, Filipa will show you step by step how to make your own filigree tools and prepare the filigree wire to solder and finish a design. This course is ideal for beginners to the technique of filigree and intermediate learners. With limited spaces for 8 participants, it offers you the chance to get group as well as individual guidance suited to your needs.

What will I learn?

  • You will learn and make your own filigree tools and take these home with you.
  • You will be taught how to make the special filigree wire, 3 different filigree designs and how to solder and finish these.
  • By the end of the course, you will have created one piece that you can take home and enjoy.
  • The tutor will work with you as a group and individually; and will support and guide you through your learning.

Our small class size offers you the chance to get group as well as individual guidance and 1:1 time with your tutor, allowing you to receive tailored advice to deepen your knowledge and understanding of this setting technique. 

You will be provided with:

  • Silver wire in required size and quantity
  • Brass sheet and disc as required
  • Hard solder in required quantity
  • Acrylic square to work on

What do I need to bring with me?

  • 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 Nails 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

Who is this course designed for?

  • Intermediate: Some practical experience and basic understanding of the listed skill required

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

Where does the word filigree come from?

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.

Can I receive financial support to access this course?

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.

If you need help to cover fees for our business and technical skills short courses, please apply for one of our Access Grants. To find out more and read our application criteria, click here:

The Access Grants are delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre and funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

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.