Cornstalk Maiden Broach
Type of art: Jewelry
Cornstalk maiden broach.
Materials: Sterling silver and turquoise mtn
Technique: Design carved into a tufastone and casted using tufacast method
Size: 3” x 1 3/4"
My name is Ira Custer. I was born and raised in Manuelito, NM and am currently residing in Rio Rancho, NM with my wife and children. I am a 3rd generation tufa caster. My parents, Benny and Emily Custer, taught me how to do my art. Besides tufa casting, my dad also taught me to be a mechanic. I have taught my kids and my wife how to tufa cast. I have won numerous awards in the past 39 years that I have been in business. I have also judged numerous art shows. I am getting to the point in my life that I prefer to only do originals any more.