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Scarab Pendant by ou8nrtist2 Scarab Pendant by ou8nrtist2
This pendant is made from forged and fabricated stainless steel ,mig welded (11 pieces). My jeweler friends are quite non-plussed by my affection for, and renderings in stainless steel. Inevitably each in turn has asked, why on earth would I want to make a piece of jewelry in such an intractable, difficult, and tenacious medium?
My answer is always the same...because I can.
I am very hard on jewelry and the original pieces I made as a kid in sterling always got bent or broken in some way. Stainless has an interesting energy signature that I resonate with.
Length overall-3 inches

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SOLD April 2 ,2011
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:iconjocaps:
JOCAPS Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Solid for lives, not for a single life....
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not all of your jeweler friends feel that way. Put me down as thinking what you do is awesome and inspiring. Just because I find working with copper to be fun because of how easy it is to push around doesn't mean I don't understand the appeal in manipulating something this tough to work with.

Also, I freaking LOVE this pendant.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional
Thank you LJ...
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ginsengi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
I like it! The piece itself and the composition of the photo.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional
Thank you Lauren,
By the way,i like coelecanths too...
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
like this, nice job
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional
My ode to the Egyptians...
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ShadowKiwi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010   Digital Artist
Quirky!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional
You mean me or the piece?
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ShadowKiwi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010   Digital Artist
The piece : ) But you can be too, and it's not a bad thing
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional
Heheh...
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:iconkyene:
Kyene Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009   Artisan Crafter
This is very nicely done! I love it!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional
But it doesn't wind up like yours...LOL
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:iconkyene:
Kyene Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Haha, still awesome!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional
Thank you ...
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:iconmssbehave:
mssbehave Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
lovely!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional
Thank you Nanda...
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mssbehave Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
you welcome :)
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nativeart Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice little buggie. I think stainless is a perfect medium for man jewelry. Men tend to be rather rough and tumble sort of beings and stainless is beautiful, rugged and will stand up to the abuse. I think it is a lovely choice. Very nicely done.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional
Thank you !
Yes,I agree completely that it is the perfect medium for someone who is not gentle on their jewelry...LOL
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is Awesome :glomp:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional
Thanks Pegs...
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:icongivemesmilesplz: :glomp:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional
I think you need to see a dentist...LOL
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:rofl: :rofl: :iconwaggleplz: :rofl: :rofl:
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Ash-Nazg4321 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
skillfully made, and very shiny. I approve.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional
Thanks Joe.
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:iconaurora-storm:
Aurora-Storm Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Nice presentation.
Is it glassy enough to give you any manner of coherant reflection?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional
It's certainly highly polished but the metal has been hammered and otherwise worked, giving it an uneven surface ,so no, the reflection is not coherent...
I may have mentioned, I have a new commission for this piece ,however it needs to be only an inch and a half long ,so that will be a challenge,to make it so small...
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Jadelia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
I love this.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007  Professional
Hey Jadelia,
Thank you friend...
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yogarasu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow great job
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Professional
Did you see I faved you earlier today? I totally resonate with your work...
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yogarasu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep :nod: thanks:)
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006   General Artist
Because you can and you should! RIGHT ON! Metal work is a specialty but stainless is another world in its's self and your determination is to master it has to be respected!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007  Professional
Thank you for your validation Vegvisir.
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Vegvisir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007   General Artist
;)
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syprina Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006
This is gorgeous and I was thinking of making something almost exactly like it out of stearling. I've had the sketches in my book for years- it was so startling to see it enacted. I love that you make it out of steel, and I think it is an appropriate and beautiful medium for this piece.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006  Professional
Thank you Syprina,
Just a slight correction/verification,it was made out of stainless steel. If you say STEEL,it usually means mild steel (the kind that rusts). I too had the image in my head and sketchbooks for several years. I had been viewing some ancient Egyptian jewelry and tons of Art Nouveau works by Lalique,Tiffany, Van de Veld ,Wolfers,etc. Then I came across the sketches by Mucha of jewelry and went nuts. It's not his usual fare of course, but if you can search it out there are some exquisite designs that are a great inspiration. I was initially going to set stones in the scarab but I didn't know how difficult it might be so I decided to just go ahead with the fabrication of the beetle and I could always come back to it later if I wanted to embellish it. When I completed it ,I felt it was sufficient as is. I'm currently working on another set of Burning Man Belt Buckles for the same client as last year. Seems they were a real hit and he wants 2 more to give to friends. At $1000.oo apiece ,they must be GOOD freinds,LOL...
When do we get to see more of your work? Very nice to meet you....Stephen
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syprina Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
Oh, thanks for the clarification.

I trust you've already looked at plenty of work by lalique?
Have you come across any images of Mucha's studio photos? If not, they're just wild, he used them to help plan his designs but they're artful themselves.

Most of my own work is not digital photography like what I've got up here so I'm now in the beginning of trying to document things to post. I have a terrible history of not photographing anything before it leaves my hands. Check back in about 3 weeks or so...
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ImAGirlNamedMichael Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a really gorgeous piece
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ImAGirlNamedMichael Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a really gorgeous piece
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
Nice - how big is it?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional
2 and 1/4 x 3 inches.
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:iconugrik:
Ugrik Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
Isnt it then a bit large and heavy for a pendant?
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional
Yes. I designed it for a pagan rite ,to be worn outside a type of gown(black).The ritual was held in a redwood grove in the middle of the night with candlelight as the only illumination. The pendant was highly polished and just large enough to reflect the ambient light and be seen.
I am generally not into any sort of organized religion. My own spiritual beliefs and practices are of a personal nature and not something to share. I have always held this view ,however since I am a MAKER and have created ecclesiastical objects for many denominations (as my father did before me) ,I was invited to partake of this event. The making of ritual objects is a time honored tradition and those that own the skill are accorded certain rights and priviledges, even today. It has always been so...
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4ofwands Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
Beautiful piece.

I love stainless jewelry for the same reasons. It lasts forever and is timeless in appearance. Plus, silver gives me chemical burns...
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