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How would you turn this into a pendant?
Blowfish
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Joined: Feb 09, 2006
Posts: 158
From: Hula-ifornia
Posted: 2010-02-16 08:44 am   Permalink

Hi TC! I managed to get my hands on a real whale tooth, legally obtained many years ago at Lahaina Scrimshaw in a grab bag of all things. I wanted to somehow get this turned into a hanging pendant, but remain respectful to how it may have been done in ancient times. Any of you carvers have any good ideas? I thought about drilling vs. just wrapping and want to make sure it is secure... without damaging it.

Thanks!







 
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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-02-16 09:33 am   Permalink

No drill! Yes wrap! with some extra insurance of glue.

 
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Blowfish
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Joined: Feb 09, 2006
Posts: 158
From: Hula-ifornia
Posted: 2010-02-16 10:03 am   Permalink

Yeah I think wrapping is the way to go too... glue would make it more secure for sure. Any instructions for how to wrap such a thing? Oh, and what would be the best material to wrap it with?

Thanks!


 
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TikiMango
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2010-02-16 3:54 pm   Permalink

One method of wrapping...
http://www.ivoryexperts.com/picts/tooth.jpg
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coconuttzo
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Joined: Jan 13, 2010
Posts: 144
From: Hilo, Hawaii
Posted: 2010-02-16 4:05 pm   Permalink

It looks so beautiful as is, that drilling it would be a sin. Yes lashing/wrapping it would make more sense aesthetically but even with glue, it isn't 100% secure. It's a tough decision but if I were you, I'd drill, then hide it with lashing of your choice.

TikiMango shows a good idea or try this one(specifically Fri. 17 June, 2005 entry:

http://radio-weblogs.com/0128644/categories/boneCarving/

I use waxed polyester thread for my pendants.

Or another option is... you can sell it to me... LOL!


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pdrake
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2010-02-16 4:35 pm   Permalink

this has a small hole drilled, but the lashing covers it. most bone pieces have small holes to put the lashing through to start it.


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Blowfish
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From: Hula-ifornia
Posted: 2010-02-16 10:07 pm   Permalink

Hmm, so maybe drill one starter hole... I wonder if I should go ask a dentist! This is one thing I don't want to screw up...

 
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