We have been working on our new bracelets that are created in SW Native American designs. We finally finished them, also some matching earrings to match the bracelets.
We have been working on our jewelry since 1985. We have created the techniques and the designs ourselves over the years. We have participated in many craft shows in Canada and the US, and we believe that we are the only ones making this type of jewelry.
We go through 32 steps to complete each piece. Copper sheets are polished, silver plated and the designs are printed onto the silver plated surface. Then the shapes are cut out by hand using shears or cutting tools.
Each piece is diamond cut by hand to make them sparkle. We form the jewelry to make them look richer. We use surgical steel hypoallergenic ear wires for the earrings. During these steps we have to spray them with clear acrylic as part of the process. These coatings of finish also protects our copper jewelry from tarnishing, so no polishing is required as long as the finishes are not scratched or they are not exposed to chemicals constantly like detergents. As our work is made in a unique technique of making handmade copper jewelry, we could not learn from other people and we had to figure out many problems over the years by trial and error.