Years ago I used to make jewelry out of wire, not true filigree,
but scrollwork. I actually used a charcoal block and a blow pipe
to do the soldering. Since, those days I have learned to cast and
to make steel dies.
The beauty of filigree is that it can be produced with very few
materials and tools and still the end result can be wonderful.
However, it does not lend itself to true production processes. In
my opinion it is better to learn to design for the production
process rather than to try and make production processes mimic
what is truly a unique hand process.
However, I am not sure what you mean by pressing the filigree
design into metal. As I understand filigree it is twisted wire
that is then flattened and formed into scroll forms and soldered
to create light and airy pieces of some size, but little weight.
I think this would be hard to do with casting or dies. On the
other hand the graphic lines of filigree would be possible in
either casting or dies, but would not have the same look as
I hope this makes sense. Perhaps you could describe more about
what you are trying to create.