Friday, 4 pm. Silvio wiggles his wrist. He seems quite pleased. “Look at my new bracelet!” It only took a brief look indeed. The silver bracelet on his wrist is purely astonishing.
He shows me a small snake vertebrae in a tiny zip-lock. “It was cast from this”. Each link is such an exact replica of the vertebrae that they fit into each other and move together with absolute fluidity, like a snake.
“The freedom of movement is absolutely incredible,” says Silvio, clearly in awe with the perfection of this new piece. “This is just a prototype,” he adds, “Next I will make one entirely with the small vertebrae and one entirely with the large and I want to make a bronze version also… and I think a necklace, with the smaller pieces, would sit just right around the neck and it would look amazing.”
This prototype features two different size vertebrae, large in the middle and smaller at each end. An antique button secures the bracelet on the wrist.
Silvio lets me try it on. The weight is perfect. It has a presence. It has life. It seems to adapt to my wrist as though it belonged there, like a gentle snake that feels safe and wants to warm itself and share its coolness. It is a mesmerizing feeling.
A few moments later, Silvio pulls a ring out of a small pouch. “I just finished this for a Johnson customer. I have made several pieces for her by now. This stone is called Laramar. It comes from the Caribbean. It looks like the sky, doesn’t it? It looks like watching the sky from a plane window, over the ocean.”