Profession filigree maker

Filigree makers create a delicate kind of jewellery, usually of gold and silver, called a filigree. They solder together tiny beads, twisted threads or a combination of the two to the surface of an object in the same metal, arranged in an artistic motif.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Jewellery processes

    Materials and processes involved in creating jewellery items like earrings, necklaces, rings, brackets, etc.

Skills

  • Heat jewellery metals

    Heat, melt and shape metals for jewellery making.

  • Perform metal work

    Work with metal and iron materials in order to assemble individual pieces or structures.

  • Mark designs on metal pieces

    Mark or engrave designs on metal pieces or pieces of jewellery, closely following design specifications.

  • Perform damascening

    Perform the art of inserting contrasting materials, such as different types of metal, into one another in order to create detailed patterns.

  • Select gems for jewellery

    Select and purchase gems to use in jewellery pieces and designs.

  • Mount stones in jewels

    Mount gemstones in pieces of jewellery closely following design specifications. Place, set and mount gemstones and metal parts.

  • Use precision tools

    Use electronic, mechanical, electric, or optical precision tools for precision work.

  • Create jewellery

    Create pieces of jewellery using precious materials such as silver and gold.

  • Use jewellery equipment

    Handle, modify, or repair jewellery-making equipment such as jigs, fixtures, and hand tools such as scrapers, cutters, gougers, and shapers.

  • Clean jewellery pieces

    Clean and polish metal items and pieces of jewellery; handle mechanical jewellery-making tools such as polishing wheels.

  • Operate welding equipment

    Use welding equipment to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel; wear protective eyewear during the working process.

  • Select metals for jewellery

    Select and purchase precious metals and alloys to use in jewellery pieces

  • Ensure conformance to jewel design specifications

    Examine finished jewellery products to ensure that they meet quality standards and design specifications. Use magnifying glasses, polariscopes or other optical instruments.

  • Adjust jewellery

    Alter existing jewellery mountings in order to reposition or remake jewels, or to adjust mountings.

  • Repair jewellery

    Make jewellery repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewellery back together, and replacing broken or worn-out clasps and mountings.

  • Apply precision metalworking techniques

    Comply with precision standards specific to an organisation or product in metalworking, involved in processes such as engraving, precise cutting, welding.

  • Operate soldering equipment

    Use soldering equipment to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel, such as a soldering gun, soldering torch, gas-powered iron, and others.

  • Smoothen rough jewel parts

    Smoothen rough parts of pieces of jewellery using hand files and emery paper.

Optional knowledge and skills

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