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something io just threw together if you all would be interested <
Damn! If I was younger and still working, I'd make a bid. Real handmade wampum beads! (Not plastic--nor even mother-of-pearl.) Very nice! Good luck with the auction.
(If you sell this one, maybe you can get a new card and have it laminated! )
Very nice, Levi. But completely out of my purchasing power nowadays. Still, you won't find anything like it anywhere else; I salute your skills.
Levi, your work is beautiful!
here is the necklace that is for sale and one that is definately not. i say def not cause it has prolly the largest cut and shaped wampum beads i've done to date. out of a hundred shells i think that maybe 5-10 of them shells might be thick enough to get a full sized bead out of it. id say full sized like 10x20mm. i have a lot of smaller ones but they just dont look right. if anyone has any idea of what sized beads were generally used for wampum belts i'm interested in knowing how large..i dont wanna speculate.
on this other necklace is a sterling silver beaver... it belongs to my girl lyndsey and she dances with it. soon i'm going to make bandoliers out of ke'kok , just so as to not have dance bandoliers that look like other str8 dancers. ya gotta stand out to get a couple oohs, and ahhs..
"if anyone has any idea of what sized beads were generally used for wampum belts i'm interested in knowing how large..i dont wanna speculate."
"In all the belts the beads are cylindrical, and are fairly uniform in size, ranging from one-eighth to five-sixteenths of an inch in length, rarely more, and about one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter."
[Source: "The Technique of the Belts," by W.C. Orchard, in "The Penn Wampum Belts," by Frank G. Speck, Leaflet No. 4 of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York (March 22, 1925), page 19.] (This is an excellent article, with a great appendix on how wampum belts were made.)