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Singer Navajo Sterling Silver
Paula says -
"What a tremendous piece of wearable art by Tommy Singer! The most unique horse storyteller I've ever seen. The horse is excellent. I AM that rider enjoying the scenery and a break. What a great feeling this bracelet evokes!
"If you have a horse person on your list that wears an extra large size bracelet and you are looking for a unique gift, don't hesitate...I doubt we will find such a work of art again!"
Who is Tommy Singer?
Known world wide for his silver work, chip inlay and necklaces, Tommy Singer pieces are highly collectible and sought after. The Tommy Singer family has been involved in silversmithing, stone and beadwork for a very long time, handing the art down from one generation to another. Tommy Singer grew up on in the community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and has been attributed as the first Native American artist to use chip inlay. This is where a silver piece is decorated with turquoise or coral chips. (See this bracelet for an example of chip inlay.)
What is Overlay?
Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top 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. The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths typically oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks.