With Skill and Patience!
Filigree is a jewelry technique based on handcrafted work, using fine gold or silver strands, twisted, flattened, applied in a previously defined and elaborate frame (also made of gold or silver). The frame is the responsibility of the goldsmith, who, with it, forms the piece and delimits the area to work and fill with yarn. This meticulous work of filling the pieces with the finest twisted yarns is the "fillers," usually women, who, with delicacy, lightness and patience, fill the frames according to the aesthetics dictated by the frame.
The starting point for creating a piece of watermark is the drawing, usually made on a sheet of paper by the craftsman himself or selected by him from a range of pre-existing and well-kept designs in traditional workshops. It must be precise and clear and provide all the necessary data for a correct reading and transposition for the metal. Most of them are free, intuitive drawings, the fruit of the artisan's observation and reproduction, or simple drafts without taking into account more complex and complete questions that the technical drawing imposes. The drawing must follow a scale as real as possible, to avoid errors in the transposition to the piece, through incorrect interpretations and projections that compromise the perfect representation of the drawn piece. Today, as a result of the integration, in some goldsmith workshops, of designers responsible for designing more contemporary pieces, the methods are undergoing changes and gradually being computerized. However, for the more traditional pieces, the "old" manuscripts kept religiously by the goldsmith (or, not infrequently, the images kept in the memory of the oldest goldsmiths) are used.
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