Robert Burkett has been called the finest beadmaker in America. He works primarily in silver and shibuichi (pronounced SHEW-BOO-EEE-CHEE), a Japanese process where silver is mixed with copper to produce stunning arrays of color and form.
His unique, one-of-a-kind (only one is made!) or limited edition (less than 12) lost wax cast pendants and beads are cast of 20% silver and 80% copper. The pieces are freehand carved from memory. Robert sculpts the body and wings in red sculpting wax then carefully creates a one-of-a-kind mold then hand casts the molten metal using a centrifuge. Working with shibuichi is tricky and very few artists attempt it. It results in very high detail with a wonderful coppery patina, but is notoriously more difficult to work with than bronze or copper alone. Truly amazing beautiful work!
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