Ernest Rangel

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    Ernest Rangel

     Ernest Rangel is a Navajo Silversmith and Professional Rodeo Cowboy who specializes in silver ranger style belt buckles and bracelets.

    When Ernest is not competing on the Rodeo circuit he is busy silversmithing -- making rugged, high quality, silver belt buckles and bracelets.

    Sometimes Ernest makes his jewelry with the Tufa cast method, and sometimes he uses the overlay method. 

    Tufa casting is an ancient process where the design is carved in Tufa (a form of sandstone found on the Navajo reservation) and then molten silver is poured into the stone to produce the jewelry. 

    Silver overlay is the process where designs are cut (or hammered) from sheets of silver and the silver sheets are soldered one upon the other.

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