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BY Susanne Matsché

In this workshop we will first look at the basics of this old and traditional technique: how
to prepare decorative wires from fine silver, how to make solder alloy for the powder
solder, create special elements from the prepared wires and connect them by soldering
the many layers with a soft and busy flame.

The excitement of working up all the elements from scratch into a delicate, three-
dimensional piece provides a great source of inspiration for the participants’ own work.

Plus, it’s an opportunity for them to integrate this knowledge into their own previously
acquired skill sets.
Diving into the traditional and giving it a contemporary expression and shape will be a
very exciting journey. 

Content of the Workshop 


4-day- workshop lesson plan:

Day 1:

- Short introduction about history and background of filigree and Susanne personal approach

- preparation of special alloy for powder solder

- twisting and/ or rolling fine silver wires

- preparing/ soldering the frame of the basic layer


Day 2:

- filling the frame with the prepared wires

- soldering with powder solder

- filigree leaf, to be used in additional layers or to create three dimensional pieces

- looking at individual projects and various solutions

Day 3:

- time for more individual advice and additional assembling/ soldering

- the „spiral family“ (hinge, flower, spiral wire, wire for stone setting)

Day 4:

- assembling/ soldering additional layers

- filigree style stone setting

- granules, oxidation and finish of surfaces

- small presentation of pieces created during the workshop (if desired).


KIT : selection of fine silver wires, a pair of filigree tweezers, a coin for powder solder, special glue 

135€ to pay in site.

Min & max Participants // 6-9 people

*The workshop will take place if the minimum of participants is reached

WHEN // 25-26-27-28 April 2024

- Deadline to apply. 19 of March 2024

4 DAYS from Thursday to Sunday

8 hours per day: 10:00-14:30 h / 15:30-19:00 h.

580 €  (VAT exempt) 


Susanne Matsché

*1969, studied Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, Jewelry at the Stroganov

Institute in Moscow, Russia, and the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

She has lived and worked in Austria, the USA, the Netherlands and India. Since 2004 she lives and

works in Berlin, Germany.

Susanne has taken part in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe, Japan and the USA, and has been

traveling to teach workshops on Filigree in Europe, Egypt and the USA in schools and institutions such

as the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, Alchimia Florence, the 92Y New York, and the Design Studio

Azza Fahmy in Cairo.

In 2017 she was winner of the First Prize of the Legnica International Jewellery Competition "Identity“.


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