Saturday, November 7, 2009

something for Christmas

I was always looking forward Xmas, ever in my life. I was always imagine a very warm, peaceful, happy Christmas. And, as everything in life what we imagine, either it came true, or not. :)
And I was always preparing something handmade, little things for Xmas, to make it nicer, happier. I would never skip this!

This year I could prepare Xmas decorations even in Silver! That was a fantastic feeling! Exactly the dream which I had when I was child.

Those little stars are ready, done. :) look at the pictures of them! I call the first design "elegant", the second one is "bohem" or "snowflake-like" the 3. one just "my little stars".

These are my very first own items. I did them alone from sketch. Gaetu had to help me only in little things, actually just to find the best filling for the items.
During these stars I discovered many things. E. g. how to do the frames of each designs. As you can see on pictures, the frames are build up from differently shaped pieces. The bohem is created by 5 pieces of " V" shaped maltese cross, soldered next to each other. The elegant is from rhombus soldered them together, and the small one has a zig-zag shaped frame.

With regarding the rizzol, this was the first time that I worked with such a long rizzol. with the large stars the rizzol can reach the 20 cm, as well!
Rizzol is the Maltese name of the wire, which is used to fill up the frame.

I already did 60 pcs of the small stars & 5-5 setts of bohem and elegant Xms stars.
We started to sell them in Malta, in the souvenir shops where we normally sell our items.

Fingers crossed, people will like them!

I am doing some more, cause I am afraid, that this little amount will not be enough! :)))

Friday, November 6, 2009

here they are!
I work on the ladybird , I do it as a very small pair of earrings. I had bit difficulties how to fill up the half-round parts of the body of the ladybird. Then how to imitate the 7 (or maybe less) spots on her back? I think, the spots will be small links, but they need to be done from a thinner wire. What I tried at first it is not the best.
But the outline frame at least became nice :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


my name is V. Mici. I start this blog because I would like to share with you my experiences on the learning process of filigree making.
It is a very nice art. I started to learn it 1 year ago. I had no previous knowledge or experience in this field. My teacher is a guy, who is the very best one in Malta, he has been doing this art for many-many years.
So, I have been working with him now. And I reached a certain level. From now onwards could be interesting to make a note on it (for me) and follow it (for you).
From time to time I am gonna write what I am working on what I learn from it. I try to make it more interesting with some pictures or movies.

Let`s start :)

Yesterday I started to work on some new pendants. Pendants are easy to make. the easiest compering with earings or rings.
I have 3 ideas, designs.
1 snale, 1 ladybird and a bird. The bird could be familiar for every Hungarians, it is the well-known sign of an old TV series called"Magyar nepmesek".
Later on I try to show the pictures of these drawings.
I strted on the snale. At first I did free-hand one sample. It became a little bit bigger then the optimal size. Then I did it again, smaller. Second time became perfect, with a very nice design of the spiral.
Today I continue with the filling. And I will reproduce in 6 copies.
Then I do the same thing with the ladybird and the Hungarian bird.

Then we test them on market. :))
Looking forward!