Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wikibeadia: Filigree

Art Bead Scene loves filigree but we've never defined it and done a Wikibeadia post on it. So we're going to rectify that today!

According to wiseGEEK

"Filigree refers to the process and type of design that uses twisted wire to create delicate, lacy, openwork jewelry. Usually made from finer metals like gold, silver and platinum, filigree has been used for centuries to craft jewelry such as pins, rings and pendants. To create filigree, an artisan rolls the malleable metal into thin filaments, then twists and bends them into intricate shapes that resemble spun sugar, paisley scrolls and evocative arabesques."

Last fall's ABS monthly challenge was filigree and here are a few of the submissions to show off and a free filigree project...

Empress by jewelsbydesign:

Autumn Cascade by ABS Editor, Heather Powers:

An Art Noveau-Inspired Pendant free project from ABS Editor, Cindy Gimbrone:


TesoriTrovati said...

Oh YES! I have become a devotee of all things filigree. I used to think that it was a very Victorian look, but I have found it to be modern and fresh when combined with the right elements. And I have filigree from all the best sources out there from old dies that have not seen the light of day since the late 1800s to newfangled pieces that mimic the age in appearance. I love the brass and the copper and the great patinas. So versatile! Thanks for such a great inspiring post and for the eye candy (it looks great with Humblebeads, don't ya think?)
Enjoy the day!

Jeannie said...

Good to know. I'll file this in "all things beady."

Cindy, I love the art noveau inspired pendant.

rosebud101 said...

That is a gorgeous piece of wearable art.