Filigree bits should be held in place by tension so that when
lifted in the air BEFORE soldering, no parts will fall out! If any
parts need to be glued in place, it means the item will not have
the structural integrity required to last over time which is
characteristic of quality filigree.....
Um, OK. Whatever works for you!
The filigree I use this technique with, by the way, is then used in
plique-a-jour enameling, which has somewhat different requirements
than straight filigree (though I admit I didn’t make that clear in my
When i do straight filigree, the bits are tension-fit. I agree that
the gluing approach doesn’t work well for pure filigree, but it has
proven successful for me and others for many plique-a-jour
frameworks, where the brittleness of the necessary solder is another