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Old 10-12-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Nome
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Beautiful work!
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Thank you very much; My sons have simple skills that anyone can accomplish in a very short amount of time. There is nothing hard or difficult to master in this process. It just requires 'time'. Which if used properly can produce quite an inventory of very kewl saleable products to generate extra income in these depressed times that so many people seem to be struggling with.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Continuing onward; practice practice practice -it takes about 3 days to learn this extremely well. From our past experieinces we have noticed some people just give up; after 20 minutes. I don't know what they expected to accomplish in that short amount of time, but the simple truth is - once you quit; your dream is dead!

A couple of days ago; Someone handed us these scraps and said; you can have them; I've no use for these small pieces.





It doesn't look like much but we can make lots of inventory with these small pieces. A couple of bracelets and lots of ear-rings. Those are the two items that sell the quickest, with the least amount of effort.



Lets begin with this piece. What can we do with it ?? Simple- draw a shape on it, Many shapes to create a bracelet or part of a bracelet.




That step took all of 3 minutes to accomplish. You can quickly become an expert in very little time with some of these simple steps.





Cutting out these simple shapes, depending on which type of saw you use, requires quite a few seconds per slice (by hand). But with band saw or such, it takes much less time.



Lets combine these pieces with the others to create a stunning fossil ivory bracelet.



You have seen these same simple steps many times, but it never ceases to amaze me. That final look when they are finished!!
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I do admit they do a good job at it....
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Well thank you warptman!!
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Simple shapes are easy to work with. the average pair of ear-rings can easily be made in less than 20 minutes.




All sharp edges must be beveled or rounded off slightly to provide a much smoother look and feel. Bracelets will not pinch if they have all smooth edges.


Simple ear-rings are so easy to make; combining materials makes for a much more professional looking design than just plain ear-rings.



Simply Irresistible !!



More coming soon .. ...
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Once you round and smooth all the sharp edges; each of these pieces look totally different.
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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Love your posts, don't stop!
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Default Learn how to improvise & think.

Simple Techniques are what makes this process so easy & fun to accomplish.

Here we have some very irregular shapes (far right) we have to make identical to all others,



I do have a video of how this is easily accomplished perfectly; but alas, Mark keeps putting his hands in the way & the process is mostly hidden and you can't see what he is actually doing.

Simply put; the T template is placed against the irregular piece. A pencil is placed on top of the T piece up against the irregular piece. Only one piece is moved around the pencil - thus marking the entire piece accurately.









Thank you so much Jabronie !
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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We have a problem; let me show you and explain what it is, & a few different ways to solve this problem. We figured this out years ago; but it just dawned on me to address this issue to avoid frustration(s) of many types when you first attempt to do these simple steps @ home.


All of these six bracelets; need to have two holes drilled into each piece perfectly.

ISSUE @ HAND; Drill a 1/16th inch hole in any material;

PROBLEM: insert a piece of elastic cord that is the same exact size 1/16th inch and push it through EASILY.








NOTICE: the frayed end of the bracelet cord; That presents a big problem when you try and push !!

SOLUTIONS:

1. cut a new sharp cut on the cord

2. cut the cord on the 'bias' (angle) 45 degrees, providing a sharp point

3. Pic a Bic and light the end; then pinch it.



Or... use the "shoelace method" A shoelace has ends that are 'smaller' than the original material. It has a 'plastic' tip on it. So.. Lets make them; It is very easy & quick to accomplish.
Cut a piece of cord 16" long. fold it in two. Stick each end into a vise and tighten it.




Stretch the cord. (You just effectively decreased the diameter of the cord by almost 1/2. Apply super glue to the cord an inch or so above the vise.




Coat the 'elastic cord' with super glue while it is stretched. It dries very quickly. Then when dry; just cut it and you have two hard ends that are much smaller and are pushed through without any effort at all.

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