Eye with a Tear Pendant

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Glass bead set in stainless steel.
Tear drop is also made of (fabricated)stainless steel.
As with my other stone and glass settings these are directly ARC WELDED into a pre-formed bezel without destroying the stone or glass bead.I've engineered a simple but effective "trick" to keep the heat of the instant weld of the MIG machine from ever reaching the fragile stone piece or glass bead...
BTW,the square backplate was a scrap from laser-cutting.The bezel is made from a cold formed common stainless steel washer.
The tear drop was built up on a small section of rod (with the wire welder),then ground to shape and polished.
 Glass bead set in stainless steel.  Tear drop is also made of (fabricated)stainless steel.  As with my other stone and glass settings these are directly ARC WELDED into a pre-formed bezel without destroying the stone or glass bead.I've engineered a simple but effective "trick" to keep the heat of the instant weld of the MIG machine from ever reaching the fragile stone piece or glass bead...  BTW,the square backplate was a scrap from laser-cutting.The bezel is made from a cold formed common stainless steel washer.  The tear drop was built up on a small section of rod (with the wire welder),then ground to shape and polished.Eye with a Tear Pendant: Glass bead set in stainless steel. Tear drop is also made of (fabricated)stainless steel. As with my other stone and glass settings these are directly ARC WELDED into a pre-formed bezel without destroying the stone or glass bead.I've engineered a simple but effective "trick" to keep the heat of the instant weld of the MIG machine from ever reaching the fragile stone piece or glass bead... BTW,the square backplate was a scrap from laser-cutting.The bezel is made from a cold formed common stainless steel washer. The tear drop was built up on a small section of rod (with the wire welder),then ground to shape and polished.


visitor's picture

welding pendent

so what is the trick to welding without heating the stone too much. 781@mchsi.com


Stephen Fitz-Gerald's picture

trick

Stephen Fitz-Gerald
I set everything up over a 5 gallon bucket of water ,and as soon as I make the weld drop it immediately in the water.If it's done fast enough the heat never reaches the stone or glass bead.This "trick"only works with instant arc welding as in the MIG wire feed process where there is no pre-heating.


Will Jones's picture

That's another striking and

That's another striking and original piece....and I love that it's mainly from stuff kicking around the shop!
Will Jones