mh000035Regular price $520.00 Save $-520.00
Award-winning jeweler, Michael Horse, made this tufa cast (more about tufa cast below) sterling silver Spirit Being pendant. He made a beautiful tablita (head piece) with a rising sun between two mountains hand stamped into the silver. The face is natural Kingman turquoise. The body is natural Manassus turquoise. Wearing a Spirit Being pendant is like always having a friend watching over you. Signed "Michael Horse" on the back.
Size: 3.5" L x .1.125" W
More about award-winning jeweler, ledger painter, and actor, Michael Horse HERE
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.