Twrr Fks or whiskik puumrs

The Indians of the Americas probably used a tweezer made of the two halves of a small shell instead of a razor. The two halves of a bivalve mussel were tied loosely together through holes punched in the hinge end. The edges were scraped flat so as to grasp the hair like pincers and extract the whiskers. Many of these primitive shell tweezers have been excavated from early burial sites.

Primitive shell tweezers like these were found in many Indian burial sites

An Apache tweezer of German (nickel) silver

Deer antler tweezer bound with thong

The pattern for a one piece rocker engraved design tweezer, made from 24 gauge nickel silver or brass. A hole punched in the center serves to attach a thong or chain after bending. It is filed to make the matching edges & mesh. m

Old silver Navajo tweezer with j silver chain and button. Many I times these were carried with the button inserted in a but- \ tonhole of a coat or shirt.

Navajo brass tweezer with Indian service button and part of old watch key

An ingenious Navajo tweezer made from a double section of steel packing case strap, taking ■

advantage of the already clinched fastener. 9

A two piece tweezer of stiver put together with a copper harness rivet and bow bent in the center to form a pincer. The turquoise tab serves as a button.

An old Pueblo tweezer made from an "Arbuckle's Coffee" can.


Southwestern Pueblo Indian pottery is one of the most beautiful and fascinating art forms available today. The miniatures are no less than precious and the silver copies can be real gems. All the examples shown here are copies from distinctive pottery types, both historic and prehistoric. They are all made from a single y an ye or thickness of silver. Most of the decorations are sawed from small pieces of scrap. They are all easily made and are much fun to produce. The only tools used in their manufacture are the ones shown, plus the jeweler's saw. The only difficult operation is the soldering, but with some skill and great care it is easily accomplished.

These are the basic component forms or shapes that make up most of the miniature pots shown on these pages. The way they are cut and assembled determines the type of pot.

The edge of this 3/4 inch round piece of steel was rounded slightly and driven into a lead block to use to form the saucer-tike bases of some of the pots.

Pottery designs are sawed from 26 gauge silver scrap. They are applied by using the granular silver solder techniques.

The dapping block and a few punches are the principal tools to form the half spheres.

Santa Clara water jar decorated with bear paw print

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