One Half Round Wire Long Link Chain

This chain Is made from 12 gauge 1 2 round silver wire, wound around a 1 2 Inch copper mandrel. The formed wire is s I Ipped from the mandrel and each link snipped or sawed st the end. A number of links are soldered and then two links are joined by a third link, These sections ot three links each are joined until the chain is j . ot proper J length. This chain is made by winding 18 gauge round wire around a 7 8 Inch mandrel made from a piece of flattened copper tubing. To f I nlsh. a hook is...

The Gasoline Blowtorch Soldering Period

Kaibab Jewelry

During this period the soldering ol Jewelry on the reservation was done by using the gasoline blowtorch. Carved tufa mold ' for casting a buckle Along with this came a variety f - - y. of imported tools to make silversmithtng a lot easier but still a lot of hard work. Ingot molds were available lor casting ' '. bars of silver and hand powered -' j fli mills to roll it into sheet and ' fiLli dies to pull it into wire. There were ffjfC'y also now available many new tools, some of which were...

The Navajo Concha Belt Buckle

A piece of 18 gauge silver sheet is cut 2 inches by 2V .The center is marked and the belt opening marked 1 Inch by inches. Female bicurvate leal-like embossing dies. A hole KS is drilled lo accommodate a jewelers saw blade and a jewelers saw is used to il out the opening for thebal The female is struck first on Ihe face of the buckle and then the - g. male die is punched trom Ihe back forming Ihe embossed design. The buckles on the very y 1 early concha belts were quite small and rather...

Silver Wire Bracelets

The round wire bracelet Is made by cutting two lengths of 8 gauge round sliver wire and a length of twlaled wire J be about the ,' same diameter yjV of the solid A' wire, A A bezel is made lor the slone and soldered onlo the plate. This is in turn soldered onto the wire bracelet shank, and pickled after each soldering operation. The stone Is set and the bracelet buffed and polished. The side pieces of wire are bent out to fit the size of the stone and the three are soldered together using a...

Chain With Twisted Wire Links

A hook and eyelet are soldered to the ends to complete the chain. The three wire hank are made by cutting three pieces of 12 wire to the proper teng ih for the size oi ring. The outside segments are bent and soldered long the center. The shank is bent around the mandrel end the top ends tiled ftat to sil level on the plate. The bezel is formed to fit the stone and soldered onto the plate. A piece of twisted wire is formed and soldered onto the plate around the beiel and trimmed and filed. jfc s...