Silver Threads: Making Wire Filigree Jewelry

Silver Threads: Making Wire Filigree Jewelry

Jeanne Rhodes-Moen

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Making beautiful, delicate silver filigree jewelry is easier than ever! Jewelry artist Jeanne Rhodes-Moen demystifies the process in this clear and thorough guide. Packed with dazzling full-color photos, Silver Threads features detailed, illustrated instructions for twelve stunning projects that range from simple pendants to more complex necklaces. Also includes tips for planning original filigree designs.


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Author: Jeanne Rhodes-Moen
Perfect-bound softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 112 pages; 200 color photos; ISBN: 9780871162212


Jeanne Rhodes-Moen grew up in Maryland, and she began making and selling jewelry while attending college. She married and moved to Norway in 1991, where she spent the next 14 years learning and experimenting with Norwegian filigree techniques, eventually developing her own signature style based on Norwegian jewelry traditions. Jeanne currently lives in North Carolina with her two daughters.
Introduction 5

Filigree: A brief history 7
Examples of filigree from cultures
around the world

Metalwork Basics 17
Basics metalworking supplies you’ll
need to set up your workbench

Tools and Supplies 23
Silversmithing equipment, from
pliers to polishers

Basics 33
Shaping: creating the simple filigree
shapes used in this book 34
Polishing: giving your work a
professional finish 41

Projects 45
Project 1: Kronesølv, or
Norwegian-style Dangle Earrings 46
Project 2: The Star 50
Project 3: Linda’s Earrings 54
Project 4: Genie’s Bottle Pendant 58
Project 5: The Four-leaf Clover 62
Project 6: The Heart Pendant 66
Project 7: Raindrop Pendant 70
Project 8: The Little Butterfly 74
Project 9: The Lupin 78
Project 10: Swirl Ring 84
Project 11: Fan Dangle Necklace 88
Project 12: Wings 94

Gallery 98
Conclusion 105
Last thoughts on design
Resources 112
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