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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 ~ OCCUPATION

LLADRO ~ OCCUPATION "OBSTETRICIAN" #4763 RETIRED (DOCTOR-BABY) MINT

$450.00

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LLADRO Pastorcita Con Cordero GIRL WITH LAMB Figurine 1990 SPAIN 04505 With BOX

LLADRO Pastorcita Con Cordero GIRL WITH LAMB Figurine 1990 SPAIN 04505 With BOX

$199.00

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LLadro Japanese Girl Decorating Porcelain Figurine 4840  with Box    SH0497

LLadro Japanese Girl Decorating Porcelain Figurine 4840 with Box SH0497

$189.88

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LLADRO Sitting Chinese Man Bell

LLADRO Sitting Chinese Man Bell

$6.99

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Lladro Litter of Love Basket of Puppies #1441 Spain

Lladro Litter of Love Basket of Puppies #1441 Spain

$164.95

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Lladro Figurine Anniversary Waltz Dance #1372 Retired Mint Condition

Lladro Figurine Anniversary Waltz Dance #1372 Retired Mint Condition

$240.00

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Lladro

Lladro "Basket of Wildflowers" Pulling Flowers in a Wagon Porcelain Figure 5"

$55.00

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LLADRO SEWING A TROUSSEAU # 5126 a/k/a MEDIEVAL LADY EMBROIDERER MINT w/ BOX!!

LLADRO SEWING A TROUSSEAU # 5126 a/k/a MEDIEVAL LADY EMBROIDERER MINT w/ BOX!!

$499.99

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Lladro 7690 Prince of the Elves Figurine Mint in Box Privilege 1st Annual

Lladro 7690 Prince of the Elves Figurine Mint in Box Privilege 1st Annual

$199.00

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COMFORTING DREAMS BABY GIRL FIGURINE BY LLADRO  #6710

COMFORTING DREAMS BABY GIRL FIGURINE BY LLADRO #6710

$159.95

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Vintage NAO by Lladro Two Kittens in Blue Bow Basket

Vintage NAO by Lladro Two Kittens in Blue Bow Basket

$28.60

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Estate Sale-Lladro Privilege #07690 Prince of he Elves-with original box REIRED

Estate Sale-Lladro Privilege #07690 Prince of he Elves-with original box REIRED

$255.00

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Lladro Figurine #2008 Eskimo Girl, Gres Finish, 11 3/4

Lladro Figurine #2008 Eskimo Girl, Gres Finish, 11 3/4"

$135.00

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LARGE LLADRO 'A SOFT REFRAIN' (REPOSED MELODIA) PORCELAIN SCULPTURE 509/1000

LARGE LLADRO 'A SOFT REFRAIN' (REPOSED MELODIA) PORCELAIN SCULPTURE 509/1000

$3,000.00

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Lladro Fair Play Children Playing Football Soccer Figurine 01008401 - New In Box

Lladro Fair Play Children Playing Football Soccer Figurine 01008401 - New In Box

$480.00

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