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Seafoam Barrette by ou8nrtist2 Seafoam Barrette by ou8nrtist2
Art Nouveau hair clip in pierced 16ga.stainless steel sheet with glass bead-3,1/2 inch diameter overall.
This piece is designed to be worn on a bun with hair up.

Setting is ARC WELDED (MIG) with glass bead in place.
Anyone care to venture a guess how this is done without exploding the glass ?

I gave this to my sister for Christmas.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional
sweet job
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:iconjunoeclipse:
junoeclipse Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Triskelle that's the first thing i see :) my mom would love it ♥
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional
Does she have big hair?
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:iconjunoeclipse:
junoeclipse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Long red hair
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional
Not to be too mercenary,but
I do sell my work you know...
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:iconjunoeclipse:
junoeclipse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol in that case I'll take the whole house :D just kidding, however I do like the cubic sphere gazebo quite a bit :)
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I included this in a little feature [link]. :sun:
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional
Thank you Heather,
you did a great job on the page design...
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:iconerrantdreams:
ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! You produce so much great work. :D
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional
Thank you Heather,
your feature looks great !
And there are a couple of other artist's represented in there that are my faves as well...
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, and thank you! I'm so glad I found dA... I just love being able to see the amazing things that people here come up with. It's very creatively inspiring.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional
That it is Heather,
I'm ending up spending more late night hours on this site than any other...
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol... I know what you mean!
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quarkenzyme Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
i bet its done with MAGIC! :ohnoes: hehe

this is cool though. i would buy it for my girlfriend if i lived near where you did, and i had a girlfriend! :aww: lol
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
This really has the look of something done in a softer metal.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Professional
It does look allot like silver,
but for a hair barrette that's going to get allot of use
the 16ga. stainless is perfect.
It flexes without breaking down from fatigue (like silver) and is light enough to function for a big bun clip.
Also one polish will lasts years whereas silver pretty much requires constant care...
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Yes, stainless has advantages, but to make a stainless piece look like it was formed and assembled as easily as a silver one requires certain skills and equipment.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Professional
Absolutely...
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
LOL...OK dammit...more research...MIG. Metal Inert Gas. So you protected it with a gas (I was closer than I thought with my fart joke)? Just because I'm more ignorant than knowledgeable (I effin hated chemistry)...I'm gonna assume it's something readily available. I have no idea if argon is easy to get, but helium is. I don't think it's oxygen (ya need cooling properties). Nitrogen is fairly easy to get, & effin cold (arc welding & wart removal?). Not sure about hydrogen (I see burning zeppelins)....so...I'm gonna say nitrogen...not sure about liquid (wouldn't that make stuff fragile, or is that too many sci-fi-bodies-in-pieces movies?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Professional
OK your trying too hard.
It's an unbelievably simple trick.
Low Tech-high art.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
hmm...OK...low tech...how about like swords are made (kinda)? The arc weld maybe helps keep the temp down, but you dunk it to keep it cool?

Anyway...I'm giving myself an edumacation.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional
YES !
The weld is made while I'm poised over a bucket of water and the piece is immediately dropped in quenching it before any heat reaches the glass...
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Well...it was the last hint...high art, low tech...I consider myself old school with my stuff, so I it seems old school would be the best way to figger - so I used what little knowledge of metal working I have (& trust me- it's damn little & it's all book 'n TV learnin- gotta love the history channel)...and it is the highest art. There's something about things crafted the "old" way that makes it truly special.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional
I think PERHAPS not knowing that much about metal working was a strange advantage for you in deciphering my little challenge...
Maybe it made it easier to think out-of-the-box.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
Well...a very quick glance at wikipedia to see what arc welding is...there was a mention of protecting with inert gas....so...I was going to joke about the consumption of beans in the process, only to realize that methane isn't particularly inert :fart: :explosion: if underwater was close...I'd guess on ice...isn't arc welding a little like super soldering? Keep the entire piece cool and just heat the material that holds the stone in place...?????
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Professional
You are VERY close...
My particular method only works BECAUSE it's arc welded.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
hmmm...because it is arc welded...hmmm...OK...final guess...not ice....dry ice...and not so much the ice, as the vapor, or the stuff's that's in fire extinguishers, because the weld is electric, not a flame & doesn't require oxygen...?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Professional
Not...
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:iconmomwoman:
Momwoman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
...spray-arc, short-circuiting, or pulsed-arc transfer, all reduce heat transfer, though none of these seem like close to "underwater." I've learned a lot, for that I thank you. Jeez, I never knew there was so much information online about welding. (One had numerous links to porn) I've added 2 sites to my favorites... Hopefully you'll be inundated with wrong answers, throw up your hands and give us the answer. Meanwhile, in my mind there are 3 nice little prongs on the back of the barrette.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Professional
I tested it today on a Japanese friend who has thick course hair and it worked reasonably well (even without prongs).
You have come the closest.
I won't torture you much longer...
When I eventually tell you this trick you will say.
"shit,of course ,why didn't I think of that."
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Momwoman Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Prongs... In my mind the prongs were holding the stone in from behind, 'cause I can't figure out your trick. I shall now wait patiently, then slap my forehead.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional
Opiumtraum guessed it...
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Momwoman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
I pack stones in wet asbestos to solder near them, do you do something like that for this piece?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Professional
Ummm,
close but not exactly...
HINT;
My method is somewhat simpler,but that's because I'm ARC WELDING the piece.
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Momwoman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
...underwater!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Professional
REALLY CLOSE !
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:iconmomwoman:
Momwoman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
under oil? under a rejected cabernet? I give up...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Professional
ROFL...
Rejected Cabernet !
I think the last time I saw any in this area was when I came upon a Fetzer truck that had just overturned on a slippery steep road in the mountains near Calistoga a couple of winters ago.
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Momwoman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
ROFL... What's that?
The Fetzer truck story has potential; cabernet on warm asphalt, with a light nose of scotch broom, and a acidic finish from the dirt of the shoulder... mmmm.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Professional
You're right about that nose...it was delightful.
ROFL=roll on the floor laughing...
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sharkinfested Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
I'll take a stab at it - did you heat the piece until it expanded then place the glass bead inside?
(I'm sure you can tell that I have no idea at all about metalwork - just think it's pretty :) )

Wish we could see it on a model.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Professional
Thank you for your compliment to the piece.
No,that was not how I managed the weld.
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