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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!

Lladro Disneyana Figurine - Cinderella and Fairy Godmother - Limited Edition

Lladro Disneyana Figurine - Cinderella and Fairy Godmother - Limited Edition

$425.00

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Large White LLADRO swan Figurine

Large White LLADRO swan Figurine

$199.00

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Beautiful White Swan Lladro Figurine

Beautiful White Swan Lladro Figurine

$99.00

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Vintage LLadro Daisa Hand Made Fine Porcelain 8

Vintage LLadro Daisa Hand Made Fine Porcelain 8" Figurine Female Kiss Collectibl

$34.50

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lladro nao boy on the telephone 1987

lladro nao boy on the telephone 1987

$24.00

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LLADRO 7551 Globe Paperweight with Box. Beautiful Porcelain Figurine

LLADRO 7551 Globe Paperweight with Box. Beautiful Porcelain Figurine

$136.91

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LLADRO SPAIN GRACEFUL SWAN BIRD 5230 Retired PORCELAIN FIGURINE STATUE

LLADRO SPAIN GRACEFUL SWAN BIRD 5230 Retired PORCELAIN FIGURINE STATUE

$43.50

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~Shepherd ~Lladro 4659~Excellent Condition

~Shepherd ~Lladro 4659~Excellent Condition

$48.00

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Lladro COLLECTOR SOCIETY FIGURINES Afternoon Promenade

Lladro COLLECTOR SOCIETY FIGURINES Afternoon Promenade

$197.95

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~Lladro #7622~Basket Of Love~with Original Box & Inserts~Excellent Condition

~Lladro #7622~Basket Of Love~with Original Box & Inserts~Excellent Condition

$110.00

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NURSE - HOLDING NEWBORN CHILD FEMALE FIGURINE NAO BY LLADRO   #709

NURSE - HOLDING NEWBORN CHILD FEMALE FIGURINE NAO BY LLADRO #709

$131.50

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Lladro COLLECTOR SOCIETY FIGURINE Pocket Wishes No Box

Lladro COLLECTOR SOCIETY FIGURINE Pocket Wishes No Box

$167.95

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LLADRO COLLECTORS SOCIETY, COMMEMORATIVE SIGNED DON QUIXOTE PLAQUE FOR 1985

LLADRO COLLECTORS SOCIETY, COMMEMORATIVE SIGNED DON QUIXOTE PLAQUE FOR 1985

$15.99

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Lladro COLLECTOR SOCIETY FIGURINE Afternoon Promenade

Lladro COLLECTOR SOCIETY FIGURINE Afternoon Promenade

$167.95

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NOS Collectible 1992 Lladro White Porcelain Christmas Bell..M 15913

NOS Collectible 1992 Lladro White Porcelain Christmas Bell..M 15913

$7.99

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LLADRO #5278 1985 NINO PIERROT CON PERITO PIEROT CLOWN  ***EUC***

LLADRO #5278 1985 NINO PIERROT CON PERITO PIEROT CLOWN ***EUC***

$50.00

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Lladro figurine,

Lladro figurine, "Gossiping Women", Excellent condition, 12" high x 7.6" wide

$250.00

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Lladro Collector Society Black Leather Mini Wallet Coin Purse-Porcelain Logo

Lladro Collector Society Black Leather Mini Wallet Coin Purse-Porcelain Logo

$10.95

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Lladro 1984 Daisa T - 56 Geisha Girl W/Flower Bucket

Lladro 1984 Daisa T - 56 Geisha Girl W/Flower Bucket

$150.00

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Lladro

Lladro "Shepherdess with Basket" 4678 Retired Figurine Children's Nativity

$65.99

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GORGEOUS!!  Lladro #1456

GORGEOUS!! Lladro #1456 "Cranes" Perfect and absolutely Stunning!!

$1,200.00

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