Fox Turquoise Tufa Cast Buckle
Fox Turquoise Tufa Cast Buckle

Fox Turquoise Tufa Cast Buckle


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Michael Horse created this tufa cast, traditional vintage design buckle and put this gorgeous natural Fox turquoise stone in the center.  Stamped by hand with the stamps inherited from his family.

Size: 2" H x 3" W  - Fits 1.25" or smaller belt

Tufa Jewelry: Tufa is a volcanic stone which can be as dense as chalk which has an organic texture. The first thing a jeweler does is examine a piece of tufa for any tiny fractures.  If it looks good, the tufa is cut in half and, if there is a design, it is carved into the tufa.   There is a pour hole carved into the top and several narrow vents carved into each side.  The two pieces are then bound together tightly and molten silver or gold is poured through the hole at the top.  If there are any microscopic cracks, the tufa explodes when the metal is poured in and the process has to begin again. 

Michael Horse is an award-winning Yaqui jeweler who uses high quality stones in his work including natural high grade turquoise, coral, lapis and more.  He is most well known for the intricate katsinas he fabricates in his studio, and he is a master tufa carver.  He is also an award-winning ledger painter and actor with many roles in television and film.  Many people recognize from his role as Deputy Hawk in the ground breaking Twin Peaks television series.