Deanna Tenorio from Kewa Pueblo hand-rolled this necklace out of heishi, melon shell, catlinite, blue turquoise and jet. The closure is sterling silver hook and eye. To make it, she chipped out each piece, drilled a hole through each chip of stone or shell, strung the chips on a wire and then rolled, and rolled, and rolled them until they are all the same width. There is nothing quite like hand-rolled Kewa beads! More about them below.
Size: 19.5" in length
Hand-rolled beads are made by chipping out pieces of stone or shell. A hole is drilled into the center of each chip. The chips are strung on a wire and rolled, and rolled, and rolled until they are all the same width. Sometimes they are graduated – a difficult task! They are then polished until smooth. There are hand-rolled necklaces from Kewa Pueblo that are over a thousand years old. In the “old days”, the holes were drilled with a hand-pump drill, strung on handmade string, and rolled on sandstone. There is nothing quite like hand-rolled Kewa beads!