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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 NAO, DOC, #1816,  DISNEY'S SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS MIB FREE USPS

LLADRO NAO, DOC, #1816, DISNEY'S SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS MIB FREE USPS

$119.95

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LLADRO, 2019 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT , #18443, NEW, MIB, FREE USPS SHIP

LLADRO, 2019 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT , #18443, NEW, MIB, FREE USPS SHIP

$72.99

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Lladro Madonna Head Virgin Mary Bust Glazed #4649 Retired Excellent Condition

Lladro Madonna Head Virgin Mary Bust Glazed #4649 Retired Excellent Condition

$90.00

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LLADRO, 2019 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BELL, #18446, BRAND NEW, MIB, FREE USPS SHIPPING

LLADRO, 2019 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BELL, #18446, BRAND NEW, MIB, FREE USPS SHIPPING

$59.95

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2007 BOXED LLADRO

2007 BOXED LLADRO"PEACE TO THE WORLD ANGEL"CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT! BLUE

$15.99

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Lladro Figurine - Dulce Paseo - Garden Song - Original Box - #7618

Lladro Figurine - Dulce Paseo - Garden Song - Original Box - #7618

$119.99

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1982 Lladro Duck Figurine

1982 Lladro Duck Figurine

$24.00

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Lladro 1009252 Daisy With Flowers Woman Bust Open Box FLOWER PETALS BROKEN READ!

Lladro 1009252 Daisy With Flowers Woman Bust Open Box FLOWER PETALS BROKEN READ!

$299.99

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Lladro Society 2000 Poodle Puppy A Friend for Life Dog figurine #7685

Lladro Society 2000 Poodle Puppy A Friend for Life Dog figurine #7685

$16.75

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Retired Lladro Figurine - Baby Doll - Original Box - #5608

Retired Lladro Figurine - Baby Doll - Original Box - #5608

$89.99

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Lladro Spain Porcelain Figurine Cocker Spaniel Puppy Dog

Lladro Spain Porcelain Figurine Cocker Spaniel Puppy Dog

$49.99

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Lladro Figurine MADAME BUTTERFLY JAPANESE WITH FAN #4991

Lladro Figurine MADAME BUTTERFLY JAPANESE WITH FAN #4991

$60.00

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Lladro Figurine TIMID JAPANESE WITH FAN #4990 

Lladro Figurine TIMID JAPANESE WITH FAN #4990 

$50.00

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Boy Angel with Bird Porcelain Figurine Nao by Lladro 9.75

Boy Angel with Bird Porcelain Figurine Nao by Lladro 9.75"

$75.99

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Lladro 4602 Doctor Physician Lladró Glazed Porcelain Figurine

Lladro 4602 Doctor Physician Lladró Glazed Porcelain Figurine

$65.00

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