I just got a book on filigree jewelry (without a plique focus), and it's fascinating. It's called "Silver Threads," and has info about traditional Scandinavian filigree as well as more general stuff. Today I twisted and annealed my first length of wire for the technique, and I'm looking forward to rolling it flat and starting to play with it!
I also did some work on the second lotus plique earrings- I'm working on the settings for the lapis, which will also hold the earring posts. I kinda wish I'd gone with premade settings... except that the lapis is 6.1mm, and the settings would have been 6mm, and so they wouldn't have worked anyway! Also, I like the heavier bezel I'm using (26 ga. rather than the prefab 30 ga.) I've got 1 bezel filed down to fit the stone, and the other about halfway; I need to add loops from which to suspend the rest of the stuff, and the posts.
I have not yet set the citrine into the sunburst/chrysanthemum plique, or cleaned up the thimble. I need to do one or the other this weekend, as well as the rest of the stuff.
Yesterday I did get another brick's worth of the fussy loops fused for my loop-in-loop necklace; I ought to do at least a brick a day, and just push through it. They are really a pain, what with being both larger in diameter and thinner in gauge. Grr. Good thing I'm not selling this piece, is all I can say! (I think it woudl have been much nicer to do with argentium, at least for this size. Just sayin'.)