How we create our stunning Filigree balls – Part 3

Last week I started writing about how we create our Filigree balls, here is the follow up…  We had just soldered the dainty silver pieces into their frames and given them a polish as we wrapped up Part 2 of this filigree photographic journey.

Now the balls must be very gently tapped into shape – we have a bronze mould that we use to ensure the bead pieces are the same shape;

When the beads have been shaped to their desired size a small silver band is created to join the two halves together, the use of a band to connect the halves is not necessary but tends to make a design look more complete. The band may be plain, or several small pieces of silver linked together, incorporate a twist or have room for pieces of coral or turquoise to be inserted into the band – the choice is ours, or yours as the customer.  We have created a number of bespoke beads and are happy to include your ideas into one of beads – use the contact form if you would like to ask about ordering a bespoke piece of jewellery.

Balls and bands waiting to be joined together

Here you can see balls being soldered together – a small piece of wire is used to hold the halves of the balls together while they are joined.

A selection of band options.

After the pieces are joined together we must clean and polish each one – each piece is cleaned and re-heated many times to ensure a shine and polish that we are happy with.

Heating and cleaning beads – part of the finishing steps in bead production.

 

A selection of completed Filigree Beads from Seba Dizajn

It continues to amaze and fascinate me that there are so many things that can be done with tiny silver threads, some basic jewellery making tools, and a lot of patience and imagination.  We hope you have enjoyed this photographic journey and learned something about the work involved in creating our very intricate pieces of filigree jewellery.

If you would like to see some more examples of Seba Dizajn Filigree balls please visit our facebook page, www.facebook.com/SebaDizajn – and look in the ‘Balls’ Album.

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You can also visit www.sebasilver.com to see more of our filigree jewellery.

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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 www.sebasilver.com 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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13 Responses to How we create our stunning Filigree balls – Part 3

  1. Hobby says:

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your craft! #blogboost

  2. So nice to hear the rest of the story Ruth! I can see that a lot of love goes into making your jewelry.

  3. Wow I didn’t know these could get EVEN more beautiful! You must be very proud.

    • Seba Silver says:

      Thank you. It has been a lot of fun sharing this story and it is nice to have your feedback. I feel proud (& I didn’t even create the pieces!!), it is fantastic that Doka is able to continue the family the family tradition and that he loves his work so much, and yes, he has a great pride in his work. Look out for our Wellington show sometime next summer….

  4. Helz-Design says:

    really lovely
    so much hard work in it and the outcome is just WOW

    like the different silverband styles.

  5. Michele Taylor Coach says:

    Beautiful pieces, beautiful photos. Great to have insight into the process – such detailed love and care goes into each one…

    • Seba Silver says:

      Thanks Michele. You’re so right there is a lot of love and care in each ball, we get to share the process with customers here in our shop but it is really nice to have a wider audience too.

  6. Love the story and the picture records of the process. This blog provides such a wonderful opportunity to learn and share in the experiences as beatiful creations take shape. Thank you !

    • Seba Silver says:

      Hi fan 001 – thanks so much, it was fun chance to share the creation story. Have been doing some research about Croatian jewellery and am working on a piece about that at the moment that I hope you will enjoy that as well.

  7. Miguel Valiente says:

    Sorry, I did not check for typos. What are the diameters of these balls? Is the silver shot added after joining the two halves together? I do not think so.

    I made my first filigree ball yesterday and it came not too bad, considering that I chose to use two flowers that were not the most symmetrical. My second ball came out very nice and I am In the process of adding the band

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