Weathered Sonoran Desert Cuff + Sterling Silver Bracelet + Baja Arizona + One of a Kind + Desert Primitive + Wabi Sabi

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Weathered Sonoran Desert Cuff + Sterling Silver Bracelet + Baja Arizona + One of a Kind + Desert Primitive + Wabi Sabi

340.00

A sculpture for your wrist born of wind, sun, dry air and time from Baja Arizona

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:: Baja Arizona ::

In February I spent some time down in Baja Arizona south of Tucson near the Santa Rita mountains.  There is an enormous outcrop of granite on their west side known as Elephant Head, a place of power.  The bajada spreading out from its base is peopled with mesquite, paloverde, ocotillo, cholla cactus, and many beautiful stones.  One fallen tree trunk caught my eye, drawing me into its whorls, eyes and fissured texture.  I had my metal clays and mold making compound with me but my first attempt at a direct impression piece resulted in about $30 worth of raw silver clay stuck in the cracks of the wood (it's expensive stuff), at which point I thought the mold making material would be a better idea.  It was, and produced a spectacular impression preserving every detail of the contorted wood.  

This cuff bracelet is the first piece to emerge from that mold and every aspect of the deeply textured wood translated perfectly to the sterling silver clay.  When I create these pierced bracelets I must work with absolute attention, slowly and without interruption over a span of several hours.  The piercing work must be done while the clay is still moist and flexible, and the carving out and refining must be carried out as the clay dries.  At any point it can crack or break.  Repairs are possible but sometimes it can lead to the complete failure of the piece.  

The lines of this cuff crackle and fluctuate like the skin of an ancient reptile, while the pierced openings are deeply textured, remarkable in their depth.  I'm very happy with the way this piece turned out.

Once the clay dried with the help of some warm desert sun, it was fired in the kiln and then given a light rusty patina.  I only lightly refined the surface so the maximum texture and detail were preserved.   All rough edges were carefully smoothed.

A piece of the wild Sonoran desert to wear on your arm...truly one of a kind.  

SIZE:  The internal dimensions of the cuff are 2 1/4" x 2".  The opening between the ends is currently 1 1/4".  This can be  reduced by closing the ends up to 3/4".  When you receive this cuff, you will have the option of carefully reshaping it for optimal fit on your arm.  As you do this, be sure to support it securely and bend it very carefully and slowly.   The cuff itself is 7/8" wide at maximum.

CARE:  Even with a bit of flexibility to the metal, a cuff bracelet should not be bent a lot as you put it on and take it off, as this will cause metal fatigue leading up to eventual breakage.  Other than that, this is a very durable piece that will only improve with age.  The patina will deepen over time.  You can buff it with a dry kitchen scrubbing pad to brighten it with a matte surface.  You can also polish it with a silver polishing cloth which will produce a much shinier finish.  Otherwise, wash with soap and water as desired.

PRESENTATION: This bracelet will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  Please see the Shop Policies below for details.

++ Shipping is included in the price ++  Shipping with insurance to Canada and Australia is available for an extra charge ++ 

HAVE A QUESTION? Click on the shop policies link below for more information.  Feel free to contact me if you don't see the answer there.