This week’s photo challenge is ‘delicate’, which could be interpreted in so many ways. It reminded me of the incredibly delicate work that’s involved in creating the intricate filigree jewellery that comes from the north of Portugal.
I watched a short demonstration in O Cantaro, a souvenir shop in Porto and was fascinated by the elaborate handiwork involved.
First, balls of metal are pounded and stretched into thin threads.
The strips are then carefully shaped into delicate patterns.
The end result is beautiful filigree pieces, often in the shape of a heart.
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