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Blue Glass Bead Bracelet by ou8nrtist2 Blue Glass Bead Bracelet by ou8nrtist2
Welded stainless steel bracelet with blue glass bead setting.
Width of band-1.25 inches
As with other of my glass bead pieces,the bezel behind the bead is cut away so that ambient light can occasionally light up the setting.
This is a contrivance initiated by Rene Lalique at the turn-of -the-century with his beautiful Art Nouveau jewelry pieces which are noted for their utilization and creative mix of precious,semi-precious and base materials together.He was one of the first to use cut,etched, and sculpted glass to advantage in jewelry for it's transparency, luminosity and reflective attributes.He pioneered the cutting away of the bezel behind a setting to take full advantage of materials that allow light to penetrate...
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful, love the clean simple lines. Thank You
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Peaceofshine Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional
Thank you Cindy.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional
nice job
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional
Thank you.
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Siobhan68 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I can only say... You are getting better and better. It is beautiful in its simplicity!

Sorry... not talkative due to a severe fever...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional
Sorry to hear that.
Out here we eat a hot pepper (with food)to burn out fever...
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Siobhan68 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Good idea. Unfortunately I thow up at the pure thought of food... :(
My doc told me there are some nasty viruses around at the moment. I am pretty sure. Thanks anyway! :hug:
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
You're really turning this into an art form, dude. Each one is nicer than the preceding one.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional
I'm definitely on a roll...
And that full moon last night! OMG
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!!! How do you set the glass bead???
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional
It's a trick I conceived in a dream.
when I tried it,it worked like a charm.
I first make a close fitting bezel for the BACK of the setting(basically a stainless washer).
I'm using a wire feed welder(MIG process) which is electric arc welding. It is essentially an instant weld (no pre-heating like TIG or gas welding). As soon as I make the spot weld I drop it (instantly)into a bucket of water. The heat from the weld hasn't enough time to penetrate to the glass so it doesn't get hot...
It takes a while (and a few blown up glass beads)to get the knack of it cause you have to be very fast and weld directly over the bucket. But soon you find you can put SEVERAL welds all round the glass bead without ruining it.This simple but effective technique works equally well with semi-precious stones,at least the tougher ones...
My old man used to harp on me constantly about solving design problems, saying the simplest solutions were always the best,but to conceive of them you had to "think out of the box".He called this "Low Tech ,High Art"and said it was a type of magic related to alchemy.I like to think if he was still alive today,he would have given me a high five for this innovation...
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like a great solution!!! I'm sure he is looking down and smiling at your ingenuity!!! :highfive:
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