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Saturday, 08 December 2012 15:59

The life of a glass maker

Framed Mirror fused glass

One of the greatest pleasures in the life of a glass maker is to meet a client who is wearing his creation with delicacy.

I have had the opportunity to work also with cristal decoration, which is why I enjoy it even more. It sometimes happen that a client make a very eclectic choice in our shops or online, and I make a joke, saying they have to send me over a photo of what they make with my creations, for what I like the most is to see what they have become.

The photography you see was sent by a client who liked very much our coasters, and decided to make a mirror frame out of the one he bought, respecting the symmetry so as to make something esthetic (according to me !). You can picture the joy I felt when receiving this photography. Indeed, it is impossible to honor my creations of decoration better than by exhibiting it, and letting aside the useful part of it, which makes it even more original.

So thank you to him, and for the rest, here is a good example of esthetic research starting with a very original idea!

Didier Borgeaud

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Saturday, 08 December 2012 12:54

Algae, the first glass producing in the world!

Over the centuries, the Human being has acquired a genuine know-how to work the glass. He has developed large manufacturing techniques which enable him to create many jewels and crystal decorative objects, with various shapes and colours.

However, nowadays, the Human being is not the first glass producing who lives on the Earth: this title belongs to the diatoms family.

Indeed, these microorganisms produce much more glass than Human: these unicellular algae, which can be found in all aquatic environments (even if they prefer cold waters), are enveloped by a protective glass shell whose forms are surprising. This transparent skeleton lets the light goes through but doesn’t stop the photosynthesis phenomenon.

In order to create this shell, these algae - which are one of the main components of phytoplankton – use a salt which comes from the silica naturally present in the seawater.

Nevertheless and unlike techniques that the Human being uses naturally to work the crystal, this process takes place in the physical conditions of soft chemistry that is to say that it doesn’t require high pressure or temperature.

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:10

Glass christmas decorations

 

From season to season


Summer is coming to an end, and it’s about time we thanked you. Thank you indeed, for it would not have been possible to exhibit all our collections of dicroic glass so soon. Thank you, for wearing our jewels is the best way to do them honour. It is always a real pleasure for us to see a lady wearing our glass and sterling silver pendant, or any other fused glass earrings or rings. Let us remind you that this website is mainly made for you so that you could start, extend or complete your own collection.

However, the end of a season means the beginning of the other and Didier Borgeaud did not forget to prepare winter. Thus, we are pleased to let you know that we will exhibit Didier Borgeaud’s creations on the Christmas Market of Namur.

 

Glass christmas decorations

 

Meanwhile, we already have exhibited our ‘winter’ range in our shops, and by the end of the month you will be able to see our Christmas decoration!

See you soon!

Didier Borgeaud

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:54

The first glass jewels

 

Did you know?

 

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The first glass jewels appeared a long time before man controlled the production of this material. In fact, glass is an element that naturally exists on Earth from time immemorial. According to scientists, it was already on our planet several hundreds of thousands of years ago. However, man used for the first time a natural glass of volcanic origin for making jewels, and creating other objects as well, around the year 100 000 BC. This volcanic glass, the obsidian, was rich in silica and came from the fusion of acid lavas. The first obsidian fragments collected by humans to fashion jewellery were red, dark green, grey or black. All these jewels had an opaque colour since translucent crystal glass was made by man much later.

The first glass jewels

Best Regards

Didier Borgeaud

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Friday, 25 May 2012 17:16

dichroic glass

 DICHROIC GLASS 

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As far as I know, neither Murano, nor Lalique, nor Swarovsky, or Baccarat is offering jewelry made of dichroic glass.

Of course it exists although by error the invention of the dichroic glass is assigned to the NASA but in reality it showed up first in the 4th century AD as demonstrated by the « Cup of Lycurgus » exposed in the British Museum.


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The originality of dichroic glass comes from the fact that it diffuses reflections of intensive metallic colors and therefore the colorimetric changes according to the angle it is hold to.

 

Basically this effect is obtained with the deposition of various layers of metallic oxides (such as Gold, Silver, Cadmium, Cobalt, Titanium, Silicon ...) on a glass plate in a vacuum chamber and it is the superposition of different layers deposited at high temperature to the surface of the crystal which lead to the most subtle color range. But artistically it is not important.

Creating is forgetting the technique to leave space for the search of the beauty. Create is to forget the technician to give way to the pursuit of beauty. As it is the essence of my signature, I naturally stick to a clean, contemporary aesthetic. This collection will evolve over time, it will be transformed, will intensify, it may be complexify, however it will remain as long as it will seduce you.

 

Didier Borgeaud 

 

 

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Monday, 21 May 2012 10:57

PICASSO AND THE GLASS


PICASSO AND THE GLASS


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Picasso discovered the work with glass in 1954 through his friend Jean Cocteau. He had the opportunity to discover the technique of this original and new form of art. Picasso contemplated the great possibilities that this new artistic expression could offer him to illuminate all his master pieces. He decided to create his first Gemmail art work « Femme dans un fauteuil d’osier » in 1954 using almost the same technique as for the jewels presented here by Didier Borgeaud. The artist draws an outline of a design on a large plate of clear glass, on which are placed pieces of coloured glass where the size and superposition allow him to obtain the most subtile range of colours of the palette. Once the work is finished to the satisfaction of the artist, the piece is submerged in an absolutely colourless enamel and put into a heating chamber

He was fascinated by the light , the material and the transparency achieved and then created his self portrait « yo » , followed by the « Femme d’Alger » which he produced several variations at the same time. It was at this time that Picasso realizes the importance , the novelty and the modernity of this new form of artistic expression; he stated enthusiastically :
« A new art is born: The Gemmaux » (name of this technic) . He then decided to create sixty major works, reproducing his most prized paintings.

 

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