How we create our stunning filigree balls – part 1


A question on our facebook page this morning prompted me to add descriptions to all the photos in our ‘Action at Seba Dizajn album, something I had been meaning to do for sometime – thanks Bryce for your question.

Part way through I realised I was writing a short jewellery making story and have decided to share it here in a little more detail.  The photo to the left was taken in our store (Seba Dizajn), in Croatia earlier this summer.  This photo shows Adolf Seba (aka Doka) heating silver coils, when silver is heated it becomes softer and easier to work with.



To create the filigree beads or balls a frame-work is shaped from the silver wire;

Shaping the framework for a Seba Dizajn bead



Frames ready for soldering

The floral shaped framework is then soldered together.

A very fine silver wire is used to create the various patterns seen in our beads – each is unique, although a popular pattern can be repeated and we often create a pair of beads to be used for earrings.

A pattern is forming

Another step closer – these photos show work on a bespoke bead, our customer requested a heart to feature in her bead.

I hope you are beginning to see some of the work that goes into creating each of our beads, this is going to be a four part post.  Remember you can subscribe to our blog in the box at the top right.  And if you don’t want to wait for the next installment head over to our facebook page where you can see these photos and more in our ‘Action at Seba Dizajn’ Album – please hit the LIKE button while you are there.

If you have any questions about our jewellery making please leave them below and I will reply to you.

See you next time, Ruth

Visit our website to see more of our filigree jewellery.

About Seba Silver

In June 2011 my wife and I opened a small store on the beautiful Dalmatian Island of Korcula. Our store (Seba Dizajn) showcases stunning filigree jewellery, all work is made on site offering you the fascinating chance to see filigree jewellery being made. Visit us at to see and purchase some of our filigree jewellery. The Seba family have been working, and creating beautiful pieces of filigree jewellery for over 500 years.
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9 Responses to How we create our stunning filigree balls – part 1

  1. Wow that is just amazing. I am now even more in love with filigree

    • Seba Silver says:

      Thanks Madeline, it really is an amazing and detailed process and it is nice to hear your feedback.
      Nice that Doka chose to carry on the family tradition and help keep these skills alive too.

  2. Helz-Design says:

    absolutely amazing
    i so love this
    it looks so lighthearted, natural and yet perfect.

  3. I now have such a better appreciation of the delicate, filigreed-pieces I have, thanks to your series of posts, Ruth.

    • Seba Silver says:

      Thanks Tricia, I enjoy being able to share the process and increase the understanding of how all those tiny tiny pieces come together. I remain in awe of the process, the more I learn and help the more I realise how much time goes into each piece.

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