Filigree jewellery with Filipa Oliveira

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About this course

Filigree is an ancient jewellery technique that uses fine twisted threads of silver or gold to create the most varied designs. You will make your own tools and a piece of filigree jewellery to take home.

Course Description

Filigree is a 5,000-year-old jewellery technique, which uses fine twisted threads of silver or gold to create the most varied designs. You will learn the skills of this ancient jewellery technique through practical demonstrations, handouts and individual practice.

You will learn how to make your own filigree tools and take these home with you. You will be taught how to make the special filigree wire, three different filigree designs and how to solder and finish these. The tutor will work with you as a group and individually and will support and guide you through your learning.

By the end of the course, you will have created one piece that you can take home and enjoy.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course, the College will supply all materials, including a brass disc, brass sheet, silver solder, black acrylic, round silver annealed wire and square silver wire. You may need to purchase extra from the shop depending on your design.

What students need to bring

  • The College provides a basic set of jewellery tools; please bring any jewellery tools you may have (labelled with your name).

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Silver can be purchased from the College Shop, which stocks a range of sheet, wire, rod, tube and findings. These will be available in set sizes and lengths, suitable for a wide range of projects.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Filipa Oliveira

Filipa Oliveira trained as a goldsmith in Portugal and Scotland at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, graduating in 2011 with 1st class honours. Numerous jewellery institutions have awarded her work repeatedly, affirming her reputation as an expert in contemporary filigree and a leader in disseminating the technique.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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