This heart ornament is created by spreading beeswax on the surface of a gold painted heart. Then beads are placed into the wax using a needle. The beads used on all the Huichol art here are much smaller than those usually used and we call the ‘micro beads’. This enables really detailed work! Silver plated beads are the center of each peyote. It’s 2 1/4″ X 2 1/2″.
Here the beads form circular designs which represent peyote. Peyote, called ‘jicuri’, is used in ceremonies as sacred medicine, allowing connection with the spirit world, deities and ancestors.
As with all our art, this ornament is completely handmade by a Huichol artist.