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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871162210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871162212
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeanne Rhodes-Moen lived in Norway for 14 years. During her time there, she learned traditional Norwegian filigree techniques and developed her own style; see it at her website, jeannius.com. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

More About the Author

I was born in Washington, DC and raised around the DC area in Maryland. I started making jewelry in 1987, simple wire wrapping. I learned to do filigree while visiting Norway in the summer of 1988.

I later married a Norwegian and moved to Kristiansand Norway from 1991 - 2005. I moved to Asheville, NC after my husband passed away from diabetic complications and I decided it was time to get back to my own culture.

I have two daughters ages 6 and 13.

Customer Reviews

The instructions are easy to follow.
Le1mermaid
I feel fairly sure that with the book at my side I will be able to accomplish the projects in this book.
Anna Powers
Anyone interested in filigree work would love this book and I highly recommend it.
ellnbchristi

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am an advanced wire worker but really only an intermediate at best solderer so I was a little nervous, but after getting this book yesterday I made one of the projects and it was so EASY! And so QUICK! Couldn't get over it, and now I have a beautiful silver filigree and amber pendant, made in under an hour.

I cheated as well: filigree wire is next to impossible to find here in Australia so I used my ordinary twisted square wire from wire working (21 gauge) and it came out just beautiful.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Patterns similar to filigree have been spotted in Viking jewelry as early as AD 800. Danish goldsmiths brought them back to Norway in the late 17th and early 18th centuries..."

If you have always wanted to make your own jewelry or want to make and sell filigree jewelry, this book has all the information you need to get started. The first few pages take you through a wide variety of jewelry from many countries. The hinged purse necklace in the shape of a heart is fascinating as are the butterflies that look like stained glass.

"Plique-à-jour is a variation on piercing where the pierced filigree is filled with transparent enamels. This technique produces the look of fine stained glass on a very small scale." ~ pg. 15

The tricky part of making this jewelry seems to be the removal of oxidation that forms during the heating process. The first chapter is essential to read more than once, maybe ten time...to make sure you know how to use the chemicals discussed. The author recommends you use Sparex - she says is in a granular form that can be added to hot water.

Items needed to begin making jewelry include a torch, soldering surface, pliers, jeweler's saw, ring mandrel, hammers, files, dust collectors, tweezers, etc. These are all listed with pictures and more information.

Project in this book include:

Dangle Earrings

Pendants

Four-Leaf Clover

Heart Pendant

Swirl Ring

Fan Dangle Necklace

Winged Design (like on cover)

Once you read how jewelry is made it gives you an even deeper respect for the artisans who accomplish such mastery over silver enhanced with gemstones.

~The Rebecca Review
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Anna Powers on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I finally received my book after a long, long wait but it was worth it. This is a subject that I have never seen covered in any other book. Filigree has been a lost art. The photos of the projects looked daunting to me at first but, after reading the author's clear instructions, I found that I was no longer feel daunted. The photos are exceptional and clearly show all I need to know. I feel fairly sure that with the book at my side I will be able to accomplish the projects in this book. It's also a tease. I couldn't help thinking of all the things I could do with this technique that I had never thought of before. The book, once I master the technique, will open up a world of design that wasn't open to me before. That's the glory of learning. It takes us to new heights.

Lots of silversmithing books are on the market but, often, they leave something out and I am left wondering what to do next. This book is not like that. It should be clear to the beginner and an inspiration to the more advanced silversmith. I'm very glad I bought it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2007
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Jeanne Rhodes-Moen does a terrific job of explaining the steps to making filigree jewelry, breaking them down and de-mystifying them in the process. Even her introduction soothes worries. Filigree was the first jewelry she made; she says she "didn't know filigree was supposed to be difficult."

There's plenty of eye candy here; photos are large, clear and abundant. Eye candy isn't what the book is about, though. Be sure to read the Basics and Tools and Supplies sections thoroughly. In them, you'll find detailed instructions of skills needed for successful filigree. Make some of your own, specialized tools, like a wire-measuring tool that's invaluable for speedily measuring lots of short lengths of wire. Rhodes-Moen shows you how to make your own filigree wire and even gives a diagram of a convenient workbench setup. The Shaping and Polishing section covers more necessities, and breaks those intricate filigree patterns down into their basic components.

As I expected, the projects were mostly pendants with earrings, a ring and a couple of necklaces thrown in. The last section even points you toward creating your own, beautiful designs. What a terrific resource!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Terry on January 18, 2007
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This is a very educational book, I highly recomend it! This book has the information in a concise order to give you a working knowedge. First it depicts the history and orgin of this jewelery with examples in color pictures. Then it has a list of tools and material you will need, and sources to buy these materials. There are colored pictures of these tools. All instructions are coupled with colored pictures, it is reader friendly and very visual. Next there are starter projects, and this all ends with help designing your work. Each project involves sodering silver. She encourages you to make your own designs. I am in the process of getting my materials together. This book gives you, I believe the working knowedge and confidence to develop yourself in making filigree jewelery.
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