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Burning Man Bling by ou8nrtist2 Burning Man Bling by ou8nrtist2
If you're out there (Burning Man),you may see one of these little puppies floating around. I've just finished a whole bunch of them for a client who uses them for barter.
There is a glass bead locked within the stainless piece with two welds. The man icon has been laser-cut then formed into the shape of a sculpted heart. The other side has a round hole cutout. When light passes through the piece it lights up the man.
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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
LOL, from the thumbnail I thought they were a platter of jeweled steel oysters. Must be because I was looking at other crustacean sculptures before that. That, or I'm hungry.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional
Been actually thinking of making a (small)production run of mussel shells in stainless that I might use as ornaments somehow,,,
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Koosahmii Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Drat, now I really really regret passing up my friend's invitation to go with her to Burning Man (where as before it was only one "regret"). But I'll definitely tell her to keep an eye out for one of these, because she'll love one too.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional
That was 2 years ago...
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TorrenOglethorpe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow this comment was 5 years ago hello
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Industrial-Angel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oooh shiny... @_@
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional
Yes...
just like a fishy lure...LOL
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Frigid-Flames Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
damn that's bitchin
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional
Thanks Cameron...
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Frigid-Flames Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
no prob, hey how much would one of those things go for anyhow? just curious
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional
About $50 bucks each...
not sure if there's any left though.
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Frigid-Flames Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
hmm ah nevermind
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional
Sticker Shock ?...LOL
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Frigid-Flames Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
ha not really-i think they're worth that much. i just don't have the money to stare at the moment, maybe when i do:)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional
I totally understand,
Money is so tight these days...
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Elfmagic15 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
lovely
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional
Thank you Ellen...
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manfishinc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
i had a couple of friends that went to burning man, i wish that i could have gone to that. those would have been awesome to hold around.
my art teacher made some with the clay there
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional
All my housemates go.
But it's not for me.
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manfishinc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
that's awesome
you should go some year, i heard it is really fun
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number1tolkienfan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
Amazing. You can do wonders with stainless steel!:D
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional
Thank you Casey,
I have been addicted to stainless since I was a young teenager.
I was working in silver initially but kept destroying my own jewelry just by my rather rough and tumble lifestyle.
When I discovered the resiliency of stainless for jewelry,it made the extra efforts of fabricating this tough material completely worth it...
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number1tolkienfan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
It's worth it just to look! You do some fabulous stuff!:thumbsup:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional
Thank you,
the challenges of what to make get greater and greater while the challenges of fabrication get less and less.
It's a strange paradox. At a certain point you realize you have only a finite number of years to produce so of course with this recognition you have to decide how you want to spend the time allotted. I still get as much kicks exploring new shapes and forming techniques as I do making commissioned work ,so hopefully I'll be at this for many more years...It's in the blood.
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number1tolkienfan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
Sounds like it!! I hope to see lots more stuff from you!
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Anomiranda Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
wonderful...I wish I had one...

Did you place the glass bead in after the welding was completed? Or is there a way to protect the glass from cracking when welding next to it?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Professional
Dear Miranda,
It's the latter,
It is a most effective but simple trick,but it only works if you are arc welding something because of the speed of that process. I zap it with the stinger(slang for the MIG gun) then IMMEDIATELY drop it in a bucket of water. The heat from the weld never reaches the glass,and you can see for yourself how close it is.It's truly one of the most amazing simple tricks when you see it done,and so effective. I made 250 of those medallions with 2 welds on each one without breaking a single piece of glass.
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Impressive piece!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional
Thank you Heather.
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool concept!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional
Thank you Kimberly...
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
NP
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Feybles Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Nice work! they look great, not sure i would want to barter them away. :)

Burning man is one festival that i would really love to get to one day, but the airfare alone is daunting at the moment...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional
Boy,
no kidding...
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Feybles Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008   Artisan Crafter
yeah, we are a little too far from everything over here.

great work! i hope the festival is great fun for you! :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional
Oh I don't go.
Can't handle the desert...
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Feybles Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008   Artisan Crafter
fair enough, i can understand that.

(I lived in the middle east for a couple of years & I don't often miss the desert. only the solitude, occasionally. )

At least your work will be represented and enjoyed by many :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional
Hopefully...
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rubesart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional
Thanks Dude...
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BrigetteMora Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Student Filmographer
These are beautiful! Very nicely done. Any chance you have one left to take a picture of by itself, so we can see the effect you talk about?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional
Ummm yes,
I think so.
give me a couple of days to chill out first...LOL
We've been polishing for days !
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BrigetteMora Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Student Filmographer
Oh geez, lol, I didn't mean right this second. Take your time, you've earned some rest!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional
No rest for the wicked.
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halley42 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
I agree, I'd love to see the lit-up man effect. When you have some time to photograph it, of course...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
They're all gone...
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halley42 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Ah, shame. :3
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vonzott Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Wow... nice stuff! Have you found out "how much" they're worth? What's the coolest thing he's bartered for?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional
Not really sure,
but I suspect it's like, drinks and such.
I know there are allot of impromptu bars on the Playa ,and everyone's really generous.
For many of these folks it's their big blast for the year. While I can totally relate,it's not how I would choose to spend a vacation (if I had one)at this point in my life.
My B-day's coming up in about 10 days and I'll be content to go to my favorite secret beach and just Be...LOL
that and hanging with the seals is my idea of "vacation".
Funny how attitudes change over time...
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vonzott Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah... attitudes and actions.

As a musician, I used to have this H*U*G*E drum set with bunches of drums and a ton of cymbals. Everything was up high and it looked awesome! Now? Small, simple kit with just a few cymbals and everything down low where it doesn't take so much work to make the music. And! I can schlep the whole thing from the car to the gig in a single trip. Such is the lot of an older drummer.

I suspect we all get that way if we're also getting wiser. Sounds like you've found your small drum set over at a secret beach (out near Stinson?) - I have a secret rock I sit on and just be... But it's San Diego and not much is "secret" here, so I have to share the space with surfers and girls in *really* small bikinis... sometimes you just gotta make that compromise, you know?

- vz
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