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Old 12-02-2011, 06:41 PM
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Originally Posted by SityData View Post
No matter how well your plans are made; something always goes wrong. Can go wrong or will go wrong. It's commonly referred to as Murphy's Law.

Our plans of producing 100 bracelets; fell apart yesterday when the phone calls began. Native Hospital, Museum, Alaska Native Arts Foundation, Captain Cook Gift shop; all wanted / requested more bracelets to be delivered.

One of the reasons we offer lifetime guarantees for all our products; is to keep the customer satisfied. No matter how well we make these bracelets; something can go wrong. If it does, we fix / repair for free.

Here is an example of one thing that rarely happens. An inset pops out, and is lost. No problem, we will make a new one and there is never any charge(s). Restring; repolish; replace cracked pieces. We aim to show our appreciation for investing in our products.

To fix this properly. We have to remove the elastic shock cord. Clean uot the old super glue residue; Glue & insert the inset; then re-drill that piece so the cord passes through the new holes in the inset. Sand the inset until it is flush with the rest of the bracelet piece then re-polish the entire bracelet after it is re-strung and it looks brand new!

Another day; staying @ home working and having lots of fun. We need / want to purchase more ivory today & possibly some baleen. As I said before; this is our busiest time of the year.

More & more people have been contacting us; saying, Hey I want to try this. Yes you should; there is no easier way in this day & age to make a great income just by copying all these steps we have posted.
Customer service as it should be!
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:38 AM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Thanks for the very kind words Grannysroost. That rock solid guarantee is what keeps our customers coming back for more. No excuses, no hassles, we fix it for free!
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:38 PM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Slicing ivory - drawing simple shapes. If you do not have a tusk to make slices out of. then draw simple shapes on scraps of any material.

Simple shapes; that's all it takes. Here are some examples of works currently in progress.

Draw the shapes on the slices- then cut them all out, remove the excess ivory to form the shape and smooth all edges.

Simple shapes and simple insets are easy to create - perfectly.

Complex shapes with matching insets are difficult to learn & master. They require much practice.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:12 PM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Even if you only have small scraps; figure out a way to draw (any) shape on that piece and just cut it out and smooth all sharp edges.

One step at a time, with all the pieces lined up. Some people # them. or use letters to keep them in the proper order (bracelets).

It doesn't matter what you want to create. Ear-rings, Bracelets, Animals etc. It all begins with drawing on a piece of (any) material. Wood, Jade, Ivory, Fossil, Mastodon, What ever. In the end result; It's gonna be the "shine" that sells!

Using your imagination; being creative - opens endless infinite possibilities. Take the time to think!

The piece displayed above is mastodon ivory.
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:22 PM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Default Double & Triple Insets !

Working with your hands to create (anything) imparts a certain sense of pride and accomplishment.

Today the boys are going to take their time and create double insets & triple insets on some bracelets. The only way to acquire these rare skills is - practice. There are no shortcuts. Hands on experience will teach you very quickly indeed. I've seen too many children grasp on to this in a very short amount of time.

Time flies for the boys; every day. The days & weeks go by so quickly when you are busy, busy, working, concentrating on the task at hand.

These rough unsanded, unpolished pieces will look completely different and flawless with no visible gaps anyplace. These pieces are greatly magnified on these web pages by several times the original size. The one thing we can't depict or display on these pages; is the brilliant glass like shine when finished.

Study the images; they are the key; for what to expect for final results.

Copy;- .. .. . but you can't paste; you have to take the time to do the work for yourself. The smile that will come over your face when you are able to duplicate these simple steps. again & again & again & again.

Last edited by SityData; 12-04-2011 at 04:23 PM.. Reason: DOUBLE AND TRIPLE INSETS
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:10 PM
Location: Interior alaska
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Being an Artist, part of the skill is to look at something and make it into that vision, whether it's a blank canvas, and painting a scene from memory or carving it from scraps into a thing of beauty.

If it was easy, I guess we all would be doing it. But some people are more gifted in skills levels than others. Your sons seem to have that talent.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:37 PM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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It required the better part of a year before they became well noticed in Kotzebue in 2004 But they keep at it all day every day; they like to stay busy. they want to be productive.

It's their business; they do what they want... At least I always know where they are; and they are keeping out of trouble! And they don't spend their money on foolish stuff.

"Every good and perfect gift... is from Above!".
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:22 AM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Originally Posted by blueflames50 View Post
just a heads up..I see your model has the tag warning on it....

Ecoquest Vollara FreshAir/Living Air Purifier Review

The latest edition of the Fresh Air user manual has it right on page one:
"CAUTION! - The Away Mode feature of this unit
is to be operated in unoccupied areas only."
Some units, like the Living Air depicted at the bottom of this page, have a warning near the ozone control knob: "DO NOT OPERATE WITHOUT OWNER'S MANUAL".
Thanks for taking the time to post that information and the concern over our proper use of the product.

BUT... our unit doesn't have this AWAY button you speak of.

Last edited by Rance; 12-05-2011 at 09:02 AM.. Reason: Let's just leave it at that, no need to start anything
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:52 PM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Default Our Latest Creation - Double insets

Ivory & mastodon of different colors & contrasts.

There are a variety of different methods that can be used to polish your work. Hard felts, medium felts, soft felts, of cotton, leather, muslim.

Polishing to a brilliant shine requires - time & patience. We use Fabulusterexclusively to polish all different types of ivory. For Baleen; nothing provides a brilliant shine like blue magic is capable of. It is the only polishing compound capable of removing scratches from titanium.

This bracelet was custom made for a woman with a rather large wrist. The average size woman's wrist is about 6 3/8 inches.

The final Finished Product - magnified many times the original size. Each piece of this unique bracelet required a minimum of 3 hours work per piece.
Doing the exact same steps over and over - 11 times! Carving teaches you lots of different character traits. Patience; perseverance, and a host of other positive traits that end up spelling discipline!

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:20 AM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Default 11 Feet of Baleen was purchased today!

Today; we went over to Alaska Fur Exchange and purchased a huge piece of baleen. The boys walked into the house with it all cracked and broken. It really presents no problem as it is all being used for tiny pieces in bracelets & ear-rings.

Two Spirits (downtown) Anchrorage requested 10 pairs of baleen ear-rings. I'll post those images tomorrow when they are finished.

Meanwhile we will just cut it all up right quick. Size- doesn't matter; we are only going to draw simple shapes on these pieces and then.. cut them out and smooth them. This is so easy to do you can do it without even having to think about it. It requires about one hour of practice before you become an expert at doing this. Drawing a simple shape on any piece of material.

The baleen needs to be thick enough to work with. Not all baleen is thick. some of it is quite thin and not useable except for making baskets.

3/16 of an inch is the minimum thickness you need to make pieces for ear-rings or bracelets.

This is our main pre-fab table where we layout and work on 5 or ten bracelets @ once. Two people work @ this table during the morning hours..

Take the time to draw the shapes you want to use; then cut them all out and smooth them and line them up for the process of doing all the same simple steps to each piece. Guess how long it is going to take you to learn how to do this ?? About one hour and you are an expert!

There is enough work prepared to keep someone quite busy for over an hour; does it look boring? It sure is, UNLESS; you make a 'game' out of doing the work and learn how to .. .. 'play' while you work. Learn how to have fun!

There are enough pieces for about six bracelets there; Now to make the same number of contrasting ivory pieces to mix in with these. for a total amount of six bracelets!
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