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Filigree

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Published On : saturday 2 December 1393


Filigree is a delicate kind of metalwork, usually of silver, made with tiny beads or twisted threads, soldered together and arranged in artistic motifs and designs of tears shape, ivy leaves, paisley pattern, and Rose flower buds. It is one of the most favored metalwork in Iran, which is practiced by artists who have been struggling to create valuable handicrafts with very simple tools. Filigree has a long history,as Professor Pope has referred to works of filigree which dates back to the 12thcentury. Filigree in Iran was common in Zanjan province until some decades ago when the artists began to immigrate to larger cities and as a result it spread to Tehran and Isfahan. In order to prepare the filigree thread, 100 ml of silver is melted and shaped into wire, then heated and passed through the rolling machine. The tap and die machinery is used in the next stage to achieve the desired thickness, which is referred to as the filigree thread. Filigree maker prepares a template mold, set it on a copper surface and coat the entire surface with wax. By putting a silver tape, thicker than the filigree thread, around the template mold, it is dipped thoroughly into wax.  After this stage, the filigree screws are fixed closely together according to the planby holders and the entire mold surface is covered with Tanka (Sodium Phosphate) powder (to decrease the melting point of silver solder) and solder powder to weld the screws during heating. Soldered particles should be polished so that the connection points are not visible. The elegance and at the same time the cleanness of work in filigree is essential in evaluating the quality and value of the finished product.


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