Thursday, 10 September 2009

Filigree

"Filigree" by Eugenia Pardue
"Filigree (formerly written filigrann or filigrane; also known as telkari, the name given in Anatolia, meaning "wire work", and cift-isi, pronounced chift-ishi, meaning "tweezers work") is a jewel work of a delicate kind made with twisted threads usually of gold and silver or stitching of the same curvy motif.


It oftens suggests lace, and is most popular in French fashion decoration from 1660 to the present. It is now exceedingly common for ajoure jewellery work to be mislabelled as filigree. While both have many open areas, filigree involves threads being soldered together to form an object and ajoure involves holes being punched, drilled, or cut through an existing piece of metal." Wikipedia

1 comment:

LornaSmithStudio said...

very pretty...makes me think of the medieval history of art class I took at Uni and we learnt all about medieval metalwork/jewellery texhniques. I loved Milliefiori (which translates from Italian to mean '1000 flowers') http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millefiori beautiful xx