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How a Lladro Figurine is Made

The process of how Lladro figurines are created is actually quite fascinating. A Lladro figurine begins its life as a simple sketch, with some done by the Lladro brothers themselves and others by the designers working for them. Once a sketch has been approved by the Lladros, a model is made in clay by a master sculptor. The model is approximately 1/3 larger than the finished figure which allows for shrinkage when fired. The sculpture is then analyzed by the Lladro family who make any necessary changes to the design before giving it final approval.

Once approved the model is cut into several pieces to form molds. On average it requires 15 to 20 molds to make a figurine. More complex pieces may require more than 200 molds! The molds are filled with a secret blend of porcelain formulated by the company's chemistry department. This blend is actually a carefully guarded family secret. Once hardened, they are removed, cleaned and inspected. The separate pieces are then hand polished to ensure a seamless joining. The figurines are then reassembled using liquid porcelain to cement them together.

The next step is the process of hand painting the figurine. This is a task undertaken by master craftsmen who specialize in this painstaking process. After the figurine is painted decorative accents such as parasols, leaves and flowers may be added depending on the particular design. This process is a skill unto itself and there are artists who are dedicated exclusively to this procedure. The task of adding these flowers to a figurine is painstaking and time consuming as each leaf and petal must be individually modeled and applied to the sculpture. This explains the higher retail price for figurines with flowerwork.

At this point a matte figurine is ready to fired. If the figurine is to be glazed this is applied by master artisans who are careful not to allow the glaze to be so thick as to obscure any subtle details.

A small hole is then punched in the base of the piece in order to prevent cracking during firing. Sometimes a small particle of clay will be pushed inside the piece and get fired which causes a rattle when the figurine has cooled. Jose Lladro coined the phrase "Lladro bell" to describe this phenomenon. The figurine is then fired in a kiln at approximately 2500 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 20 hours. Once removed and cooled, the Lladro brothers conduct a final inspection to assure the figurine meets their high standards.

As you can see this is far from a simple process and seeing how much work goes into each figurine makes one truly appreciate the craftsmanship involved!

What you see here is a sampling of all the Lladro from Spain that is for sale on eBay, many pieces which are rare and retired! If you don't see exactly what you're looking for use our site search to see even more items!

1 LLADRO PUPPY and 1 NAO PUPPY -as a set.

1 LLADRO PUPPY and 1 NAO PUPPY -as a set.

$50.00

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Vintage Lladro Ceramic figure, sculpture, statue of girl with Turkey

Vintage Lladro Ceramic figure, sculpture, statue of girl with Turkey

$195.00

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Lladro Porcelain figurine How Pretty NAO girl in white dress

Lladro Porcelain figurine How Pretty NAO girl in white dress

$44.00

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Lladro Praying Boy 5

Lladro Praying Boy 5" Angel Figurine Gloss Glaze Beautiful Piece

$46.01

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DISNEY VINTAGE LIMITED EDITION SNOW WHITE WATCH  LLADRO & DISNEY NEW

DISNEY VINTAGE LIMITED EDITION SNOW WHITE WATCH LLADRO & DISNEY NEW

$99.00

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Lladro 1974 Limited Edition Retired  1288 “Aggressive Duck”

Lladro 1974 Limited Edition Retired 1288 “Aggressive Duck”

$150.00

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Lladro Set of 3 Ornaments - 1 Surprised Cherub #6253 and 2 Playing Cherub #6254

Lladro Set of 3 Ornaments - 1 Surprised Cherub #6253 and 2 Playing Cherub #6254

$198.80

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Lladro Belinda with Her Doll    #5045

Lladro Belinda with Her Doll #5045

$84.95

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LLADRO GIRL WITH LAMB # 4505 RETIRED 10.5

LLADRO GIRL WITH LAMB # 4505 RETIRED 10.5" MINT!

$59.99

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Lladro Concertina   #5695

Lladro Concertina #5695

$109.95

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Lladro The Great Adventurer    #5944

Lladro The Great Adventurer #5944

$189.95

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Lladro Heron's Realm Candle Holder (Standing)    #6882

Lladro Heron's Realm Candle Holder (Standing) #6882

$330.00

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Lladro 1992 Olympic ball

Lladro 1992 Olympic ball

$29.95

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Lladro Figurine Little Bear    # 6299

Lladro Figurine Little Bear # 6299

$200.00

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LLADRO  A SWEET SMELL  # 6832 - PUPPY SMELLING FLOWER - MINT IN ORIGINAL BOX

LLADRO A SWEET SMELL # 6832 - PUPPY SMELLING FLOWER - MINT IN ORIGINAL BOX

$140.00

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Lladro FIGURINE Following Her Cats (L1309G) 72775

Lladro FIGURINE Following Her Cats (L1309G) 72775

$207.95

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Lladro Figurine JAPANESE WITH FAN GEISHA MADAME BUTTERFLY #4991 Retired

Lladro Figurine JAPANESE WITH FAN GEISHA MADAME BUTTERFLY #4991 Retired

$115.00

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Authentic Lladro Porcelain Figurine 6291 Love Nest Francisco Catala Doves Birds

Authentic Lladro Porcelain Figurine 6291 Love Nest Francisco Catala Doves Birds

$295.00

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LLADRO 5491 PORCELAIN ANGEL FIGURINE ( HEAVENLY STRINGS )

LLADRO 5491 PORCELAIN ANGEL FIGURINE ( HEAVENLY STRINGS )

$169.00

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Lladro Porcelain Figurine English Lady #5324, w/Lladro 1984 Signed

Lladro Porcelain Figurine English Lady #5324, w/Lladro 1984 Signed

$199.99

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LLADRO RETIRED FIGURINE #5284 GLORIOUS SPRING GIRL W/ FLOWER UMBRELLA DOVE MINT.

LLADRO RETIRED FIGURINE #5284 GLORIOUS SPRING GIRL W/ FLOWER UMBRELLA DOVE MINT.

$399.99

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