At the Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show, Kevin O’Grady (Scottsdale, Arizona) exhibited a line of glass bracelets and other jewelry (figures 1 and 2). O’Grady has worked with borosilicate glass, better known by the brand name Pyrex, since the late 1980s. He touted the durability and versatility of this medium, which lends itself to a variety of dramatic effects. He crafts each piece freehand using a torch, adding elements such as cobalt to achieve colors and embedding flower mosaics and other patterns that appear three-dimensional. O’Grady’s signature bracelets contain gold, silver, or a combination of both.
Figure 2. This Pyrex bracelet displays a striking orbicular pattern that appears three-dimensional. Photo by Eric Welch; courtesy of Kevin O’Grady.