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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 Daisa Jolie Girl With Parasol Figurine #5210 WITH ORIGINAL BOX

Lladro Daisa Jolie Girl With Parasol Figurine #5210 WITH ORIGINAL BOX

$240.00

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LlADRO SPODE CHRISTMAS TREE INARCO REED & BARTON DONA GELSINGER ORNAMENTS

LlADRO SPODE CHRISTMAS TREE INARCO REED & BARTON DONA GELSINGER ORNAMENTS

$44.99

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Retired Lladro Michiko Geisha Girl Figure #1447 Flower Basket Figurine With Box

Retired Lladro Michiko Geisha Girl Figure #1447 Flower Basket Figurine With Box

$175.00

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NIOB 1988 LLADRO Porcelain Limited Reproduction Bell Handmade Ornament Spain

NIOB 1988 LLADRO Porcelain Limited Reproduction Bell Handmade Ornament Spain

$6.95

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Golden Memories Lladro My Favorite Bunny 04003

Golden Memories Lladro My Favorite Bunny 04003

$49.99

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LLADRO Christmas ROCKING HORSE ORNAMENT Figurine  RETIRED 1993  w/ Original BOX

LLADRO Christmas ROCKING HORSE ORNAMENT Figurine RETIRED 1993 w/ Original BOX

$42.95

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Lladro 6583

Lladro 6583 "Heaven's Lullaby" Baby Girl On Moon Mint Condition!! No box

$100.00

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Daisa From Lladro Golden Memories

Daisa From Lladro Golden Memories "Girl With Tiara" Figurine 1993 Made in Spain

$19.49

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LLADRO 5429 Birthday Girl Cake Porcelain Figure Mint Condition Original Box

LLADRO 5429 Birthday Girl Cake Porcelain Figure Mint Condition Original Box

$77.16

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Lladro La Guardia Civil - Spanish Soldier Figurine # 4889

Lladro La Guardia Civil - Spanish Soldier Figurine # 4889

$150.00

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Lladro Glazed Sculpture #5966 Flowers Forever Jose Puche - Box ONLY

Lladro Glazed Sculpture #5966 Flowers Forever Jose Puche - Box ONLY

$63.64

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Lladro See Saw 1255 Figurine Matte Finish Spain

Lladro See Saw 1255 Figurine Matte Finish Spain

$81.50

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RETIRED NAO by Lladro ~ Girl / Woman Holding Spotted Puppy made in Spain

RETIRED NAO by Lladro ~ Girl / Woman Holding Spotted Puppy made in Spain

$49.99

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Rare Retired Lladro Gentleman Golfer Dads Day  Porcelain statue Figurine B20M

Rare Retired Lladro Gentleman Golfer Dads Day Porcelain statue Figurine B20M

$54.00

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Lot of 3 vintage Lladro ladies with flower bouquet excellent condition

Lot of 3 vintage Lladro ladies with flower bouquet excellent condition

$109.00

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