Mojave Granite Sterling Silver Cuff + Desert Stone Texture + Wilderness Bracelet

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Mojave Granite Sterling Silver Cuff + Desert Stone Texture + Wilderness Bracelet

335.00

Made from a pure white granite boulder, far out in the Mojave desert...a solid sterling silver cuff to connect you to the wild places.  

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:: Heart of the Mojave ::

Far out in the Mojave desert, on a pale bajada studded with creosote, a boulder of white granite rests in the sun.  A year ago I was exploring the high desert of California when I came upon an empty road that led off into a vast wilderness, marked by a sign that said "Heart of the Mojave".  This was irresistible to me.  I turned down it and spent a day exploring what lay beyond.  In a place where boulders had gathered, washed down from the sawtoothed range to the west, I made a circle of stones, ignited copal resin, and sat before them in a silent ceremony of contemplation and emptiness.  A nearby boulder caught my eye afterward and I made a mold of its surface with my quick-setting compound, taking the photo you see here while I waited for the compund to set up.  This cuff bracelet was made from that mold.

It is made from sterling silver precious metal clay--PMC--an entire pack of it, actually, so it is my heaviest cuff to date.  I have arrived at the point where there is a sense of effortlessness to the work, just the immediacy of the material and the texture I am capturing.  The tapered shape of the bracelet, the mixture of the patina and the finish all came together instinctively.  It is a lovely and wild piece that truly captures the feeling of that boulder far in the desert.  

The patina is warm, a rosy-bronze, which will grow richer over time.  The high spots of the texture and the edges have been burnished down to a soft shine that glows gently in the light.

This is a piece that is eternal and elemental...pure desert, like the white granitic bajada itself.

SIZE:  The internal dimensions of the cuff are 2 7/8" x 1 7/8", or 62mm x 47mm.  The cuff can be adjusted in size to increase or decrease it to fit you.  It is 7/8" or 24mm wide.

CARE:  To adjust the cuff, grasp it firmly and support it fully with one hand while you bend it very gently with the other.  This is to avoid overstressing it in one place, which can damage the cuff.  Once you have it shaped to your liking, avoid bending it overly much in the future to prevent metal fatigue. The patina will deepen over time.  You can polish the silver by lightly buffing it with a dry kitchen scrubbing pad or use a silver polishing cloth for a brighter shine.  Wash with soap and water as desired. 

PRESENTATION: This bracelet will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See the shop policies below for details.

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