The Story Bracelet

The Buffalo Hunt belt buckle

This bracelet is made up of four pieces of 20 gauge silver sheet soldered onto a back Df 18 gauge silver. This makes a frame to hold the story cut-outs.

The characters for the story are first drawn on scrap pieces of 20 gauge silver sheet using a fine marking pen. They are then cut out with a jeweler's saw, assembled in the frame and soldered into place.

Going to Shiprock

Going to Shiprock

There are innumerable ideas and designs for stories for this type of jewelry. Bracelets, necklaces, pendants, buckles and even boxes can be used to tell a story.

Trying to Break a Wild Horse

Trying to Break a Wild Horse

Mud head Capers

Mud head Capers

Making Camp

The Deer Hunt pendant

The overlay story bracelet is a modem concept of an old idea. The rocker en graved and stamped story bracelet was probably introduced into the southwest by the Ktowa-Comanche before 1900. Only a few of these stamped and engraved bracelets were made by both the Navajo and Hopi during the next 50 years. The overlay technique, as developed by the Hopi, is the ideal manner in which to express this interesting idea. Articles depicting a story, or an idea, are now being made in a number of mediums. Some are stamped, or overlaid or intaid with turquoise or other stones or combinations of all. Even gold overlay is being used.

The Rabbit Hunt belt buckle

Catching The Horses For A Ride

Catching The Horses For A Ride

Navajo Squaw Dance

Navajo Squaw Dance

Encountering A Skunk a a a

Hawk After A Rabbit

A story ring is made in a similar manner as the brace-' let. The story characters are sawed out and soldered on after a border of halfround wire is soldered to the edges of a strip of 20 gauge silver sheet. The ring is then shaped on a ring mandrel and held together with iron binding wire while it is soldered.

A story ring can be used to depict some very personal happenings or remembrances from a friend or a loved one. The widest one below pictures a kachina dance.

Rainstorm At Shiprock

A Cyclone joggi a m

A finished bracelet after being shaped over a braclet mandrel with the aid of a rawhide mallet, then finished by polishing.

The Story Tetter belt buckle
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