Steven and William Ladd, ‘Antique Cuff’, 2004, Mingei International Museum

William made this cuff for Steven. It is made with 19th century antique metal beads, thread, and a contemporary tubular silver clasp. It is constructed with peyote stitch with beaded carriers on either end connecting to the clasp. The beads used transition across the cuff, dissolving from brass into dark steel and back to brass. Two square motifs of navy beads at either end are bordered by faded red beads.

Cuff dimensions: 7 3/8 x 2 x 3/8 inches.

Image rights: © Steven and William Ladd, All rights Reserved, 2015

Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. 2014. Curator Christine Knoke.

About Steven and William Ladd