Sunrise Drum, Inc

129 N West Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544  -- 219-781-8894 -- 

Sunrise Drum, Inc

129 N West Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544 


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This technique was used in Mesoamerica in both gold and silver.  The copper bracelets and jewelry Paul-René makes are not covered with enamel, so they will turn the skin green. He has included copper bracelets because many people believe in the medicinal qualities of the copper salts next to their skins. For those who want to coat the bracelets, use two spray coats of acrylic.

All traditional brooches are worn, in part to help protect oneself from misfortune and to reflect back whatever comes from others. If other people’s intentions are good they will get back good from those wearing the broaches; if bad, the wearer is protected.

Silver and copper artwork is part of Paul-René Tamburro’s Eastern Woodland Native Tradition. Giving new expression to traditional Eastern Woodland Wôbenaki , Newfoundland Native, Shawnee, and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)  designs.   All his metalwork is hand hammered, filed, and buffed.  Each design has additional meanings that may be of special significance to the wearer. Suns, moons, bears, turtles, and hearts all offer various forms of comfort and protection. Many times Paul-René incorporates the traditional Woodland double curve designs into his work. These designs are reminiscent of young growing plants and are curled inward for renewal and healing of the wearer. They are a great heirloom quality gift for any occasion.

Silver Chasers & repoussérs, rarely found today.  However this is the main method Paul-René uses for his better metal work. The metal used is either sterling silver or copper. Both of these metals have been traditionally used by American Indian peoples for hundreds of years. Much of the work done by the metal workers of the “mound Builder” cultures was by hammering – using  chasing and repoussé methods. Most of Paul-René’s pieces are done in sterling silver while much of the North American art was done in copper. 

Paul-René’s animals, flowers, and other designs are often crafted by chasing and repoussé. This involves the tracing of lines with homemade curved tracers of chasing tools and then raising (repoussé) these designs up by hammering from the backside with other home crafted tools.  Repoussé is a technique that has been used by Amerindian artists for thousands of years on copper.  Many examples have survived from the Mound Builders.

Silver and metal work