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FEATHER PENDANT BY GARY CUSTER NAVAJO

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In the mid 1800s, Navajo silversmiths started to use sand casting as one of their silversmithing techniques.¬† Today, silversmiths still use this technique by carving a design in tufa stone (a porous limestone) and then placing another stone against it.¬† The two pieces are fastened together and molten silver is poured in.¬† Once it has cooled, the artist takes the piece out and finishes it.¬† Gary Custer made this fabulous sterling silver feather pendant in this manner.¬† It has an open shepherd’s hook, allowing you to wear it as a pendant over your favorite chains or silver bead necklaces. Weighs 16 grams. Signed

2¬† 1/4‚ÄĚ wide x 7/8‚ÄĚ long

The Navajos began working with silver in the 19th century, and began making things like buckles, bridles, buttons, rings, canteens, hollow beads, earrings, crescent-shaped pendants (called ‚Äúnajas‚ÄĚ), bracelets, crosses, powder chargers, tobacco canteens, and conchos (for belts).¬† Their silversmithing skills has evolved and changed throughout the years, and in about 1880 Navajo silversmiths started to set turquoise in their silver work.¬† Traditionally, Navajo artists worked with jewelry techniques like repousee and stamp work, but today they explored in other Native American jewelry making techniques like Zuni inlay work and Hopi overlay work.

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