Silver Bear Dance Badges – Hand Engraved

Silver Bear Dance Badge lettering.

Silver Bear Dance Badge lettering.

Received a phone call from a local silversmith – emergency engraving!

This happens all the time, short deadlines from customers. In this case a fellow artist, Melody, from Blackhawk Trading Company, needed the silver badges engraved today so she has time to finish them before the Bear Dance this weekend.

So with the Sweet 16 pendant on the bench and ready to engrave but plenty of time to do it, I put the pendant to the side and started right in on the badges.

The lettering layout went very smoothly as Melody let me select a font that I can engrave very quickly. I’m cutting with a #52 round graver and pleased with the consistency of the cast badges. My last experience was with cast brass and it was variable in hardness and that made it hard to engrave. This silver casting is just right and no air bubbles so far.

Two of three badges.

Two of three badges.

Two down and just one to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail photo of Bear Dance Badge. Mountain Ute version.

Detail photo of Bear Dance Badge. Mountain Ute version.

This is the Mountain Ute Tribe version of the badge.

There will be badges for all three Ute Tribes: Southern Ute, Northern Ute and the Ute Mountain Ute.

Just the Southern Ute badge to go so I better get to it. They are due in the morning!

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