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Rose in the Ditch Bracelet - Liz Wallace Indian Market 2020 Native American jewelry in Santa Fe New Mexico

Rose in the Ditch Bracelet

Rose in the Ditch Bracelet

“Rose in the Ditch” bracelet. Patinated sterling, patinated copper, and a freshwater pearl. At least 6 years ago I commissioned an anticlastic stake from Frank Turley, my blacksmithing sensei. I’d seen ones in the tool catalogues for $150 or so, and if I had to spend that kind of dough I figured I’d rather have one made by Frank. He took an old spanner wrench (a large, tapered wrench used to line up holes in I beams and for tightening up the bolts) and made a series of bending jigs so no hammer marks would mar the surface. It looks like a snakes tail and is the bloody coolest sinusoidal stake ever! And he charged me much less, too.

When I tap it it makes a beautiful ringing sound like a tuning fork. Well, for years I’d just take it out and look at it. Now that I have my very own home and studio I figured I’d better do some anticlastic raising. This past winter I did 3 bracelets in copper and 3 in silver. This bracelet was part of a set that won a blue ribbon at the 2015 Heard Show. A woman bought the necklace and a pair of matching earrings but this bracelet didn’t fit her. I used 16 gauge, which is very thick for anticlastic work, so I didn’t try to open it up. The flower is from units I pressed on a 20 ton jack that was mounted in a welded frame. I made the molds out of plastic steel. The flower is riveted on in three places and I added silver stamens and a lovely freshwater pearl. I adore pink and lavender pearls, but only if they’re the natural color. They may give the oysters vitamins to make them that color, but I still like it. I guess it’s like taking tanning pills. The black and brown patina is from hydrochloric acid for the silver and liver of sulfur for the copper. I coated it all with wax to preserve it. I like taking walks by ditches and streams, since there’s surprising things growing there.
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