Tufa Cast Naja on Navajo Handmade Beads
Tufa Cast Naja on Navajo Handmade Beads
Tufa Cast Naja on Navajo Handmade Beads

Tufa Cast Naja on Navajo Handmade Beads

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Michael Horse made this sterling silver tufa cast naja with a natural Hubi turquoise stone.  He strung it on handmade sterling silver Navajo beads.  It is signed "Michael Horse" on the back of the naja.  Absolutely stunning!  More on tufa cast below.

Size: 26.5" Long.  Naja is 3,75" H x 2.5" W (includes bale)

Tufa Cast Jewelry: Tufa is a volcanic stone which can be as dense as chalk which has an organic texture. The first thing a jeweler does is examine a piece of tufa for any tiny fractures.  If it looks good, the tufa is cut in half and, if there is a design, it is carved into the tufa.   There is a pour hole carved into the top and several narrow vents carved into each side.  The two pieces are then bound together tightly and molten silver or gold is poured through the hole at the top.  If there are any microscopic cracks, the tufa explodes when the metal is poured in and the process has to begin again.