Paula says -
"This is a beautifully shaped horse head with a wonderful horse dreaming story. It seems as if the horse is remembering an adventure in the mountains where horse and rider had to round up two stray calves.
"Amazingly detailed sterling silver overlay work with a background of textured oxidized silver that provides a striking contrast. A wonderful design."
The large 3/4" diameter bail enables you to wear the pendant with silver beads, a stone necklace, bead or treasure necklace, a collar, heavy chain, leather, anything.
(Beads shown are not included.)
The Singer family has been involved in silversmithing, stone and beadwork for a very long time, handing the art down from one generation to another. Richard Singers's father, 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.
What is Overlay?
Overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The top layer has a cutout design. The solid bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented for contrast. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks. The cutout top layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is, heated so that they become one. This is a very difficult skill to master.