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.................
Last edited by 25contender; 03-11-2014 at 07:14 PM.
Very cool. I was just thinking tonight about suggesting you make a thread for the construction of the ring. Very interesting.
Ya very cool to see this process.
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Thanks for the post!! Love seeing things made.
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Right on, i have always wondered what the process eas, now i will know! Thanks 25contender.
Ok here we go!! Today is the fun stuff. Today I have been working on the wax/plastic model for the ring. I like to carve the Elk on the ring as close as possible to the Elk that was shot. I contacted Tim and had him e-mail me a few photos of his Elk. He had a great photo and all I did was flip the photo so it was in the right direction to do the carving for the ring.
1. First step after the Bugle tooth was ready to go is to shoot the wax/plastic blank the correct finger size and the correct width for the Ivory. I like to make the ring the correct size from the beginning. The ivory basically being a tooth enamel- bone will not take heat so sizing after the ring is complete can cause issues and excess work. I had Tim send me the correct finger size when he mailed me the Bugle tooth.
2. Once the wax is prepped I attach the Ivory to the top and trace it. This gives me a exact transfer of the Ivorys shape for carving. I then can carve out to lower the Ivory a little for protection of the edges.
3. Now you can see the basic shape carved out of the wax with the Elk Ivory in place. I angled the top of the ring slightly due to the worn nature of this Bugle tooth. This will give it a little more height when finished.
4. This this the fun part, carving the Elk Ivory as close as possible to the photo. When Done the antlers will hold the Ivory in place. Here you can see the photo and the carved Elk on the Ivory. The hair and antler detail will be hand done in the gold after the wax is cast.
Casting will take place in the next few days.......
Very neat to see this process! Thank you for posting it! I have several Ivories that I am trying to decide what to do. Another member on here is helping me with one project but I may look you up in the future. What does a ring like this cost?
This is an awesome thread!! Thanks for doing this up....
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That's really cool!!!
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