Crafting Prehistoric Jewelry
When and Where?
On Saturday May 6th starting at 11:00am We will craft necklace pendants, bracelets, and rings at Sunset Park in Sedona, Arizona. We will first meet in the main parking lot at the park (look for the Primitive Lifeways truck). This park will come up on GPS when using Google or Apple Maps to navigate. This workshop is come and go as you please--most students will have jewelry made by 1:00.
What to Expect
After taking this class you will have a clear and precise understanding on how to carve shell and argillite. Jeff will first discuss how different prehistoric cultural used shell and argillite to artistically express their religious belief systems. Then students will learn how to select good pieces of argillite and discard bad quality pieces by running simple tests. Each student will carve pieces of argillite and shell to form beads, pendants, and effigies using similar techniques to what the Hohokam used 1,000 years ago. Once each student has their jewelry pieces made, we will string everything together using cotton rope grown locally. During this crafting process, Jeff will guide each student through the entire process so they don't miss a single step. As always, we encourage students to ask questions throughout the workshop.