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Fossil Ivory Bracelets
MajikImaje
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From: Barrow Alaska
Posted: 2011-07-13 11:56 pm   Permalink

It doesn't matter which type material you use. It must be at least 3/16" of an inch thick to follow along with these steps that I am trying to illustrate and explain in a simple manner.

Baleen is easily 'scratched' during the process of making the pieces, Later these same pieces will be polished to a brilliant shine that resembles black glass. "It is the 'shine' that sells"

We use 3 basic shapes when making bracelets;


Short stubby - narrow oval - & hearts. Those are basically the only 3 shapes we work with for bracelets. Use your imagination and explore other shapes.

To begin to cut out an inset from a shape drawn on the material. Tip the burr bit in the center of the shape and begin to dig into the baleen or ivory and let the burr bit do the cutting while you guide it slowly making the hole wider and larger to approach the drawn lines. Cut up to, but do not cut away any of the line.












 
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MajikImaje
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Posted: 2011-07-14 12:25 am   Permalink

Now we have a piece of baleen (bracelet piece). We have cut out an oval to insert another oval into this empty hole. We will use fossil ivory here. This orange stuff. Is many thousands of years old.

The same steps are used: draw the (shape) on the piece of ivory and cut it out and smooth it.

Each of these images are self explanatory- just look - carefully and you will see how easy it is to accomplish these steps.



The sheer repetition of these simple steps - daily - weekly - monthly - yearly. GUARANTEE'S your success in mastering this simple procedure.

Money will flow like a river if you keep busy and acquire a large inventory.

I will provide you with many different places that your work can be sold.
I don't care where you live, These place will purchase your bracelets. It doesn't matter who or where you are, these places want this stuff, it is in huge demand all over the world.

Creating the art work (photos or jewelery) is just ONE small STEP.

LEARNING HOW TO MARKET your work - is something altogether different !

Making the sale - is an art form - many books are written on marketing or on any subject you can possibly name; Everyone has different ideas, everyone has different thoughts and what may work for somone in one area may not be true in another area. Thus diversity is the word that comes to mind.

Many tons of books are pubished on how to create photographs. BOOKS !

The process is quite simple: Aim & click = photograph!! YET PEOPLE - write entire books on this simple process. There are literally tens of thousands of authors on this simple process!!

Yes !!! there is a lot more to the process. Everyone thinks different; everyone see's things differently. There is no such thing as a sheet of paper that has only one side. We can share our ideas, thoughts & experiences to influence and guide others. Take what you deem valuable and cultivate it to your style.

Marketing your work is the goal. There are many simple ways to get people to hand you $$ without you saying one word.








Let your work do all the talking - shut up about yourself. You are in front of that person (buyer) for one pupose only - ;get the $$.

I have been doing this for a long long time (4 decades) I have learned a couple of simple basics that I am willing to share with you that apply not only to ivory but to photography as well. TIMES ARE TOUGH and going to get a lot tougher, I am merely providing you a very simple way to make major bucks @ home.

Lets do some simple math so you can get a grasp of what is waiting for you.

A bracelet from start to finish is about 4-6 hours work. (Once you have these steps down). prefab everything - you can reduce that time to two hours or less.

One bracelet a day - for a month is 30 bracelets - lets keep this simple.

30 bracelets @ 300 bux each is 9 THOUSAND dollars per month.

Eye got for sons - that do this from 7 am - 7 pm daily for 7 years !!

We purchase boxes for bracelets and ear-rings. One hundred of them in a case.

We went through 34 cases of bracelet & ear-ring boxes in 7 years in the Arctic.





 
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MajikImaje
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From: Barrow Alaska
Posted: 2011-07-14 12:43 am   Permalink

We have been in Anchorage just about one year now. We are on case #2 and we have taken 10 months off from work.

Husband & wife 'team' working together can reap in 20 K in a month easily !!!

Take The Time To Think

In 3 1/2 months here in Anchorage we have sold 185 bracelets. We make 3 per day every day. They are all sold the very next day.







A small piece of carboard is wrapped around the bracelet piece and lines are drawn as to where to drill the holes for the bracelet cord to be inserted.

Naturally these must be all the same or the bracelet will not LOCK when final assembly takes place.

We do not use rulers or take any measurements during the entire process.




Here is it obvious: The drill bit is too long, it will go right through in one shot - that is the surest way to CAUSE injury!! Only drill half way - then turn the piece over and drill from the other side.

This is perhaps the hardest step in the entire process. learning how to drill straight and follow that line !! This take a lot of practice !




Once that inset is sanded down flush with the top of the bracelet piece, the dust from the inset will mix with the super glue on the gap(s). and blend in perfectly to create a perfect inset with absolutely no visible gaps what so ever.!!!




 
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MajikImaje
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Posted: 2011-07-14 05:43 am   Permalink

Clyde Harris was walking along a beach one morning in Kotzebue walking to work.
He spotted a small stub, sticking out of the mud, he went to kick it and all most broke his toe. He bent down and grabbed it and the earth moved ten feet away!

Jumping up and running home, he came back with a shovel, This is what he dug up that morning he was late for work. He was immediately offered $15,000 for this mastodon tusk. Clyde said NO! Right there, that tusk can easily make many tens of thousands, just in ear-rings.



 
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MajikImaje
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Posted: 2011-07-22 4:10 pm   Permalink

Cutting out an area on the piece to inset another piece of IVORY takes practice. That is the only way you are going to learn this is by repetition.

Everything you are doing in making these pieces. All the different steps - are repeated again and again on every bracelet or set of ear-rings you make.



Begin the cut out by going into the center of the area of your template and create a small circle using your burr cutting bit. As you get this circle down to the proper depth ( 1/2) way into the bracelet piece. You merely widen the circle and direct your burr bit to the edges of the heart drawing you drew on this piece. be careful not to go past the line. It only takes a couple of minutes to carefully cut out this heart shape area for the heart inset to be placed inside.


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MajikImaje
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Posted: 2011-07-22 4:21 pm   Permalink

Each of these photos is self-explanatory.

There are no shortcuts to practice; put in the time and you will become very proficient doing this.















 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-08-04 06:44 am   Permalink

Love your work!!
On the mastodon tusk does it look different when you
are done with it than Ivory?
Thank you for sharing you stories I never knew of things like
this.

KEEP GOING!!!!!


 
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MajikImaje
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Posted: 2011-08-04 08:10 am   Permalink

Thank you for your kind words Tikiskip.

Mastodon Ivory has a unique property that no other ivory has. An embedded pattern of cris cross over lapping circles. It is quite spectacular in that (according to internet postings) the circles tell the age in years and looking inside the crosses reveals the months! (not possible with the naked eye)








Looking closely you can see some of the pattern I have spoken about. When sanded and polised to high shine it is much more pronounced and 3d-ish in its appearance.

These broken pieces of ivory look totally useless - but - the fact is: Women spend lots of money on their 'ears'! Here is one of the pieces(25,000) years old; made into a $50.00 pair of beautiful ear-rings.

Many people walk right past mastodon ivory when it is uncovered on the beaches or on tundra. For all practical purposes it looks just like a piece of old driftwood; that is .. until you pick it up. Wood is light and 'airy'. Mastodon is heavy & dense.



Now, take a string, and wrap it around the small piece and draw lines, now begin to cut those lines out.

When finished it looks just; so very similar to a piece of 'pasta'!!



Mastodon (because of its multi-millenniums of age) is extremely dry and very brittle. Impossible as it may seem. Soaking these pieces in baby oil & mineral oil adds much needed moisture to the ivory. So much so.. that is possible to bend these curved pieces straight!!

STORIES STORIES STORIES - that is the #1 request I receive on the many different forums I post on - "more stories - more photos - more more !!
More Stories


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-08-04 09:21 am   Permalink

Great photos and stories Majik. Beautiful but harsh landscape. Where I live, high temperatures exceed 100 degrees daily from April through September. Temperatures of 115 - 120 (in the shade) are common. I could not imagine living in the cold!

Your ivory work is amazing. If you were to try a few South Pacific or "Tiki" designs you might attract some buyers, open up a new market.
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MajikImaje
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Posted: 2011-08-04 1:12 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the comments MadDogMike - Once my sons understand 'tiki'; we will try and make some super-kewl tiki designs. But the sad truth is; we can't keep up with the current demand from customers to forge ahead to discover new designs and such.Lets move on and let me show you some more samples & techniques.





Here you can see first hand the circular criss cross lines. It must be seen in person to understand this 3d effect you see when pieces are brilliantly shined & polished



There is no limit to the simple shapes that can easily be made into ear-rings and generate incredible amounts of income.



One distinct property of mastodon is that it is split - cracks from constant expanding contracting during temp extremes and the loss of moisture.



Spiral Ear-rings made from fossilized mastodon ivory- cost $80 bux!! per pair!!





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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-10-20 2:34 pm   Permalink

You still out there?
Christmas is coming show your stuff.
Hope all is well.


 
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MajikImaje
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Posted: 2011-10-20 3:06 pm   Permalink

Well a big hello Tikiskip; Wow; I'm impressed! Yes I am right here. 18" away from the monitor here in Alaska.

Shure; We still do the same simple steps 'daily'. let me grab a few images and post and "show & tell".







Fossil Ivory is so gorgeous when seen in person; It is the "shine" that sells. It is difficult to portray or show the 'glass-like shine' in any of these photographs!!

This is the easiest type of bracelet to make; Just slice the ivory in 1/4" pieces and use every piece to make a 'tiki-looking' type bracelet ??


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-10-22 05:36 am   Permalink

Love the Fossil Ivory!!!
How much is the one shown here?
Nice work!!!


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-10-22 9:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-08-04 13:12, MajikImaje wrote:
Thanks for the comments MadDogMike - Once my sons understand 'tiki'; we will try and make some super-kewl tiki designs. But the sad truth is; we can't keep up with the current demand from customers to forge ahead to discover new designs and such.



That's not sad, that is awesome. You have found a niche that you can market to, that's every artist's dream! Skip is right, that fossil ivory is gorgeous with it's color and translucency
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MajikImaje
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Posted: 2011-10-22 11:06 pm   Permalink

Working with ivory is great fun; It is so easy to do; there is no reason any one of you cannot produce the exact same results with a very short amount of practice; you will amaze yourselves in very short time.

The one thing I am incapable of displaying here is that glass like shine.

To achieve that glass like - mirror shine depends on what you use for polishing compounds and how you apply it. But anyone who has ever been in the military knows; dull black shoe leather is turned into a brilliant shine with mirror like qualities.

Here's a few photos of what we have done; during the month of October of this year.






















































 
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