This jewelry making technique uses two layers of sterling silver. A design is traced on a sheet of silver and cut out with a jeweler's say by hand. This top design layer is then soldered to a bottom sheet of silver.
Texturing is added to the bottom layer in all the open areas of the design using a hammer and small punch. The assembled item is hammered into its final form, contoured and oxidized to blacken the negative areas of the design.
The top surface is then buffed to a high polish.
Handmade by Navajo artists on the Navajo Reservation, below the Lukachukai Mountains. The artists are self-taught, and incorporate traditional Navajo symbols and themes into each piece.