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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!

Vintage Retired Lladro Figurine Girl with Umbrella & Geese Ducks #4510

Vintage Retired Lladro Figurine Girl with Umbrella & Geese Ducks #4510

$58.99

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 LLADRO 4773 Bunny Rabbit - Glazed Porcelain Figurine Rare 1977 made in Spain

 LLADRO 4773 Bunny Rabbit - Glazed Porcelain Figurine Rare 1977 made in Spain

$4,600.00

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Nice Vintage Retired Lladro Little Girl Angel Cherub with Flute Figurine B-14-D

Nice Vintage Retired Lladro Little Girl Angel Cherub with Flute Figurine B-14-D

$59.99

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Nice Vintage Lladro Figurine Eskimo Playing Child With Polar Bear 1195

Nice Vintage Lladro Figurine Eskimo Playing Child With Polar Bear 1195

$59.99

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(4) LLADRO 'Little Ducks' # 4551, # 4553, # 1264 EUC *Retired* QUICK SHIP

(4) LLADRO 'Little Ducks' # 4551, # 4553, # 1264 EUC *Retired* QUICK SHIP

$34.99

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 LLADRO 1992 FIGURE 05883

LLADRO 1992 FIGURE 05883 "LOVING MOUSE" MINT with Box Retired GIRL WITH KITTEN

$124.99

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Lladro Donkey

Lladro Donkey

$190.00

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Lladro Pretty Posies Pre-Owned with Box Perfect Condition 06551

Lladro Pretty Posies Pre-Owned with Box Perfect Condition 06551

$130.00

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Lladro #5217 Figurine Spring Girl with Flowers & Bird AS IS

Lladro #5217 Figurine Spring Girl with Flowers & Bird AS IS

$35.00

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Lladro Collectors Society Plaque

Lladro Collectors Society Plaque "Art Brings Us Together" #7677

$24.95

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LLADRO SPAIN PORCELAIN “GIRL WITH TOY WAGON” #5044, MINT CONDITION

LLADRO SPAIN PORCELAIN “GIRL WITH TOY WAGON” #5044, MINT CONDITION

$65.00

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LLADRO FIGURINE 010.08072

LLADRO FIGURINE 010.08072 "BUNNY NATURAL FRAMES" MINT & Box 8072 4.5 SQUARE 2004

$99.99

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Lladro Two nuns With Rosary Gres Sisters Religious 13 1/2”

Lladro Two nuns With Rosary Gres Sisters Religious 13 1/2”

$150.00

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Lladro #1372

Lladro #1372 "Anniversary Waltz" Dancing Couple Figurine AS IS

$65.00

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Lladro “How Do You Do” Figurine. Duck With Ducklings Looking At A Snail

Lladro “How Do You Do” Figurine. Duck With Ducklings Looking At A Snail

$124.00

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