Hey everyone I thought I would post a thread on the of making of the winners Elk Ivory Ring. Libidilatimmy and I have been in contact about his winning of the ring. I gave him instructions on getting one of the Elk Ivory and other pertinent information to me. I received the Bugle Tooth and other information a few weeks ago and have been checking a few measurement to make sure it has stopped shrinking.
I had to make sure the tooth had stopped shrinking before starting the process. After today's measurements everything seems fine so I started to process the Ivory. In the photo below the first thing I have done was to polish the ivory. The Ivory polishes up nicely but caution is needed as to not remove to much of the color and surface layers. When removing any of the bugle teeth try not to damage the top part. It is always better to make a cut in the front and back of the tooth before removing. After doing this you should be able to pop them out with a heavy blade knife without damage to the exposed surface. You can do many things with these great looking Bugle Teeth.
1.The tooth is polished before it is cut to size. This photo shows the polishing of the ivory.
You can really see how the Ivory polish up. As stated above care must be taken not to over polish.
2. Next is the trimming of the Ivory Tooth. The top exposed part that was polished is the only part used for the ring. You can slice the left over bottom part of the tooth into thin wafers then polish them to make other items.
3. The polished top of the Bugle Tooth is now separated and the edges smoothed out. It is now ready to have the ring built around it. Every tooth is unique which makes every piece different so all the pieces are carved by hand. No two will be alike.
To be continued.................