*This item is handmade, so appearances may vary in color.
Chihuahuas are believed to be decendents of an ancient breed, the techichi. Toltecs in Mexico kept these pups as lap dogs as early as the 9th century. Relative to their bodies, Chihuahuas have the biggest brain in the dog world. They're quick-witted and some pet parents would say they're little geniuses, :).
This is a fairly large pendant and looks fantastic designed into a longer necklace.
My process for making the copper components, (we've manipulated the color of the copper using genuine top shelf copper and changing the colors using both heat and chemistry. Read on!:
Original Artwork by Patricia Healey ~ Each gorgeous genuine copper bead and pendant is handmade from sheet metal. First we cut the shapes out, then put form to metal using the technique of “Repousse”, (beating the crap out of the metal from the reverse side giving it form). We use a bronze solder which you can sometimes see as bits of gold peeking through the solder seams. To get the rich colors we use our top secret patination formula and then fire it up with a torch. Finally, the color is sealed in with a metal lacquer.