Navajo silversmith Vernon Tracy shares with us some of the steps it takes to turn coin silver into a piece of wearable art, the hammered coin silver jewelry. It all starts with 12 half-dollars. Vernon melts the coins into liquid and then pours them into ingots. Then he hammers them into the desired thickness, by heating and hitting, not using a roller. After he turns his silver into the shape and thickness he desires he cuts the pieces into a perfect shape and begins to decorate it with handmade stamps. This cuff is finished with a piece of legendary Number Eight Turquoise, check out his videos to see more of his work creating hammered coin silver jewelry.
May 9, 2012