Creating silver wire for our filigree jewellery

It feels like winter in Korcula today, most unseasonable for the end of May. There is a cool wind blowing up our street, (Ulica de Polo), it is also blowing a few customers through the door which is nice. Wet weather is great for shopping!
I’ve talked to some lovely people today including a couple on their honeymoon, a woman from Auckland – yah the kiwi connection, and a young family from Berlin. I’ve noticed that when it’s cold and wet people want to talk and learn and share and it’s great.

One of the most common questions we are asked is,

How long does it take to make?

This isn’t quite so easy to answer, as it depends on the piece and if we have the silver prepared and ready in the gauge required.  I thought I would share with you some ‘tools of the trade’ and a brief description some of the work that goes on before we can start our actual filigree work.

We purchase our silver in granular form and this must be melted and it is then poured into a mould which will create thick pencil shaped pieces of silver.  From there the silver is worked through a machine similar to the one below;

tools 1

Rolling Mill

A drawplate is used to pull the threads into the required size.

Metal draw plate

Metal draw plate

Below you can see Doka taking the silver threads from a wooden drawplate into the rolling mill in the first photo this process presses the threads into the required size.

tools 4

Rolling silver threads supervised by Tata – Gjovalin Seba

I imagine a lot more informative/detailed posts have been written on creating silver wire, let us know if you would like more information or have any questions.

Here is a link to a youtube clip that shows the different steps in creating silver wire that you might find interesting;

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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2 Responses to Creating silver wire for our filigree jewellery

  1. aurumeve says:

    I just checked out your site and your pieces are quite beautiful. Filigree is an art that we do not see enough of! It’s also very meticulous as your videos show 🙂 so, much respect to your craft 🙂 ~ Global Jewelry

    • Seba Silver says:

      Hi & thanks so much for visiting and for your kind words. My next stop is to have a look at your work! Fun, blogging is such a great way to meet people creating fabulous things.

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