American Jewelry and Artifact Information
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pieces are made of two layers. The bottom sterling silver layer is a solid piece.
The top sterling silver layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the
bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is heated
so that they become one.
layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths
oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it, like the sunface pendant by Charlton
Lindsay shown at right.
silversmiths etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks before oxidizing
it, like the kokopelli maze buckle by Joe Josytewa shown at left.
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