ORION ARTS
Distinctive Silver Jewelry

Materials/Technique


Marge makes her own beads using Moretti soft glass rods and a propane/oxygen torch. The necklaces pictured here are examples of her artistry and are one-of-a-kind, often combining silver, vermeil gold and other semiprecious beads and her own handcrafted fine silver clasps.

Precious Metal Clay (PMC):

PMC (precious metal clay) makes it possible to create unique jewelry and precious metal sculptures using a revolutionary new process. It is a relatively new space age material made available to artists by Mitsubishi. It is prepared by mixing very finely divided silver with a water soluble non-toxic polymer. It can be formed into shapes in a manner similar to working with clay. It is then dried and fired in a high temperature kiln that burns off all of the polymer and fuses the silver particles into a solid fine silver (99.9%) piece which is then polished. Surface texturing adds to the beauty of the piece by creating contrast between the shiny raised areas and the recessed matte silver surfaces. With time, the recessed parts of the surface texturing darken to a lovely patina in contrast to the bright shiny raised designs. Bright areas can be maintained by rubbing the surface with a silver cloth. Further interest can be added by deliberately creating colorful patinas using chemical oxidation processes.

Dichroic Glass:

Dichroic means two colors. Therefore, “dichroic” glass objects display more than one color when viewed from different angles. Depositing thin layers of metal oxides such as iridium, titanium, silicon and magnesium on colored or plain glass in a high-temperature vacuum furnace creates a fiery iridescence. The colors that reflect from the surface depend on the thickness of the deposited oxide layer.

Marge’s son, Jonathan Langmuir specially created the glass cabochons used in Orion Arts jewelry, by layering several colors of glass with dichroic glass and fusing them in a high temperature furnace.

Lampwork beads:

Marge makes the glass beads used in Orion Arts jewelry by fusing myriad colored glass rods in a propane/air torch flame. This process, known as lamp working is an ancient art and has been practiced in many cultures for centuries. The color combinations are an endless source of amazement and fascination.


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