Raven Steals the Sun Buckle

United States
$390.00
Item No. 570
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This buckle is silversmith Jeff McKenzie's rendition of the North West Coast legend of the Raven Stealing the Sun. Cast in solid sterling silver, the intricate workmanship shows the raven with the sun in its mouth. Made in USA. The buckle is 2⅜ x 2⅛ inches, to fit 1½ inch belts. Made in USA.

This buckle is silversmith Jeff McKenzie's rendition of the North West Coast legend of the Raven Stealing the Sun. Cast in solid sterling silver, the intricate workmanship shows the raven with the sun in its mouth. Made in USA. The buckle is 2⅜ x 2⅛ inches, to fit 1½ inch belts. Made in USA.

  • Raven Stealing the Sun
    Long ago, by the mouth of a great river, lived an old chief and his only daughter. It was said that the old man kept the sun hidden away in a box. Raven wanted to have this sun and had tried to get it many times without success. At length he hit on a plan. He noticed that the daughter went to the well every day for a supply of water, so he transformed himself into a pine needle, dropped into her drinking water and was swallowed. She became pregnant and in due time he was reborn as the chief's grandson. Thus he gained access to the house.

    Raven became a great favorite with the old chief who let him have anything he asked for. One day he asked to play with the sun box, but this the old man refused to grant. Raven gave him no peace, and finally, weary of his whining, his grandfather let him play with it. The Raven quickly took the box and rolled it about until he had it outside. Then dashing the box to pieces, he took the sun in his beak and placed it in the sky, where it has been giving light to the world ever since.

  • Sterling Silver Belt Buckles
    These belt buckles are cast in solid sterling silver using the "lost wax" investment casting method. Each buckle made in this age-old jewelers technique must first be made in wax. The wax buckle is then "invested" or covered with a plaster of paris slurry and allowed to dry. It is then placed in a gas fired kiln and baked at 1500 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 hours, during which time all the wax in the plaster mold is burned out or "lost". The result is a cavity into which the molten sterling silver is poured. After cooling, the buckle casting is broken from the mold.

    At this point, the casting is black from the oxidation of the molten sterling silver and must be carefully ground, tooled and polished to achieve the final gleaming finish. The final finishing and tooling marks reflect the individuality of each buckle and attest to the craftsmanship involved in its unique creation.

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