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Nine Tufa Cast Concho Belt with Buckle

Navajo

About The Nine Tufa Cast Concho Belt with Buckle

Sterling ingot was mill rolled into sheet for smooth-edged bezel material.  Wire for the "tooth" and buckle bar were hand drawn from ingot as well. 

Tufa stone was carved to create mold forms for the buckle and conchos.  To each of these carvings another piece of tufa stone was wired creating a two-piece chamber into which molten silver was poured.  The individual castings were then hand finished, a process involving removal of vent and sprew silver, filing and sanding.  Soldering of bezels to castings and setting of turquoise were done prior to final polishing.

A replacement belt in a color or length of your choosing can be custom fashioned to your liking for an additional $75.00 to $100.00 (depending on the thickness of the leather).

The closed form open system design of these conchos is extremely difficult to accomplish in tufa casting.  

 

Savvy Price $485.00

Gallery Price $575.00

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Description

Sterling ingot was mill rolled into sheet for smooth-edged bezel material.  Wire for the "tooth" and buckle bar were hand drawn from ingot as well. 

Tufa stone was carved to create mold forms for the buckle and conchos.  To each of these carvings another piece of tufa stone was wired creating a two-piece chamber into which molten silver was poured.  The individual castings were then hand finished, a process involving removal of vent and sprew silver, filing and sanding.  Soldering of bezels to castings and setting of turquoise were done prior to final polishing.

A replacement belt in a color or length of your choosing can be custom fashioned to your liking for an additional $75.00 to $100.00 (depending on the thickness of the leather).

The closed form open system design of these conchos is extremely difficult to accomplish in tufa casting.  

 

About the Artist
"Dineh or DinĂ© are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States.  They are the second largest federally recognized tribe in the United States with over 300,000 enrolled tribal members as of 2015.  The Navajo reservation occupies over 27,000 square miles of land in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.  Navajo language is spoken throughout the reservation with most Navajos speaking English as well." excerpted from Wikipedia

 

Medium Sterling silver, natural turquoise, black garment leather
Size Conchos are 1 5/8" height X 2 1/2" length. Buckle is 1 7/8" height X 2 3/8" length. Belt strap is 3 feet in length from buckle bar to tip
Date of creation 1960
Condition Excellent
Turquoise Natural turquoise is all hand cut in a range of free forms following the original nugget shape--all high grade deep blue from several Arizona sources.
Description Stones range in size from 3/8" X 3/8" to 5/8" X 1/2".
Provenance Ka Wo
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