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              Native Jewelry Maker- Norbert Peshlakai, Navajo















              Native jewelry maker Norbert Peshlakai's primary emphasis is on delicate texture. Using tiny handmade stamps to
              impress intricate designs into sterling silver, Peshlakai can engage as many as ten stamps to form a single design,
              or combine stamps to shape twenty designs that give the illusion of forty by simultaneously varying the direction
              of the patterns.

              Peshlakai is a fourth-generation Navajo silversmith. Unlike generations before him, Peshlakai studied formal
              jewelrymaking techniques. He attended Haskell Junior College in Kansas for three-and-one-half years, but
              returned to his native New Mexico to a life of metalworking.

              His interest in texture has led him to use a variety of techniques to apply different surface treatments to
              silver, while accentuating his stamped designs. Sandpaper, emery paper and steel wool might be brushed over the
              smooth surface of the silver to alter it. Peshlakai also hammers over rocks or uses needle files to achieve unusual
              surface textures. His inclusion of numerous small designs stamped over a shiny silver surface creates a design
              rich in texture. Peshlakai's keen sense of humor is apparent in his work. A man's cloth necktie becomes the model
              for a substitute full-size, hinged silver tie. Each of the nine segments is stamped with different designs derived
              from the Navajo origin stories or the land around Peshlakai's New Mexico home. Turtles represent the beginning
              of life, rabbits jump and dragonflies buzz; Cowboy Slim and a steer head decorate the bow. Copyright 2012







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                Native jewelry maker Norbert Peshlakai's primary
                emphasis is on delicate texture. Using tiny handmade
                stamps to impress intricate designs into sterling
                silver, Peshlakai can engage as many as ten stamps to
                form a single design, or combine stamps to shape
                twenty designs that give the illusion of forty by
                simultaneously varying the direction of the patterns.

                Peshlakai is a fourth-generation Navajo silversmith.
                Unlike generations before him, Peshlakai studied
                formal jewelrymaking techniques. He attended
                Haskell Junior College in Kansas for
                three-and-one-half years, but returned to his native
                New Mexico to a life of metalworking.
                Norbert Peshlakai