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This is more of what I make. The sterling silver turkey body feather earrings are based on actual turkey body feathers. The feathers are cut out of sheet silver with a silver half round wire soldered on for the quill. The divisions of the vanes are cut in one at a time with a knife. By cutting in the vane lines one at a time each feather becomes unique. The feathers are patinaed with the background of the majority of the feather being black to iridescent, with a narrow brown line across the feather and then the white of the silver, this replicates the actual turkey body feather. The vanes are cut into the feather after it is patinaed. The length of the feather from the top of the quill loop is 1 1/4 inches and the width is 3/4 inch.

It is difficult to show the background color in photographs.

Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / Some of my silver work
« on: March 24, 2015, 08:38:37 PM »
I decided that I need to post some of my work. I make what I call a dropped eagle feather as earrings or pendant. They are made from sterling silver. Each feather is cut out one at a time with a half round wire soldered on for the quill. Each feather has over 300 knife cuts put in one at a time. Even thought each feather is similar, no two are exactly alike. This is my first time to post and I hope that it works.


Our Place / Need ID on this cab
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:46:02 PM »
 I would like to have an ID on this cab in an old pendant. The cab is about  1 1/2 inches on a side. The colors are close to what the cab looks like. I think that it is a jasper.

Nancie (RockItToMe) you said you dip your copper jewelry in Everbrite. I want to know how you dry the jewelry so the coating  is fully covering the jewelry? I am asking for further information on how you use the Everbrite as the instructions that come with it does not cover the use on jewelry. Anyone else that uses Everbrite or Protectaclear on jewelry I would like to hear how you apply it to jewelry. Thanks.

Our Place / Photos of some of my work
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:17:15 AM »
I will attempt to show some of my work.

The first photo is my Eagle Feather jewelry. I make three types of eagle feathers- tail. wing and body. Each feather has over 200 individual knife cuts put on one at a time.

Photo two  shows my Ojibwa style rattles that I make.

Photo three shows what I call my eye dazzler bag. It is based on the Navajo eye dazzler rugs.

I hope that the photos come thru.

Introductions / Hello from southern New Mexico
« on: May 19, 2013, 10:20:09 PM »
Hello, my name is Leroy and  I live in Nogal, New Mexico, a small town in the north part of the Sacramento Mountains.

I have been reading this forum for several years and decided it was time to become  more of a participant. I have been doing metal work ( silver and base metals) for over 30 years. I also do Native American style beadwork and rattles. I have worked as a wildlife biologist and draw a lot of my inspiration from nature.


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