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Old 11-03-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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We just purchased a new Ivory tusk today; The biggest we have seen in a very long time. 4.88 pounds !

It is bigger than my arm !! Photos coming shortly !! We paid $65 per pound there abouts for this = $360

If this were purchased at Alaska Fur Exchange (Only sold to natives- white raw ivory) this same tusk would go for $270 per pound X 4.88 pounds = well over $1,000 bucks.

That SHOULD BE a crime to charge that much !! Outrageous difference in prices all because of GREED !!

Typical of those 'type' people !!



NOTICE: the tags are attached to the ivory from Alaska Fish & Game Dept - these are placed on ivory to assure the buyer that this sale is legal.

Fossil Ivory & Mastodon ivory require no tags of any kind. It is legal for anyone to own buy possess or sell.


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Old 11-04-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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A simple plastic template -Buy lots of different types. Or save those that you make. Are the easiest way to have lots of different options to choose from. Use your imagination and all sorts of wonderful things can happen to help you create a design that is 'different'.



The following images should provide a great deal of inspiration / ideas for you to explore some of the infinite possiblities that exist in making / combining simple shapes for bracelets.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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It doesn't matter what you use or decide on to use for a shape; study the following images.







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Old 11-04-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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please post photo's of that first photo...the one with different size pieces....like the looks of the pieces...like they have movement all on their own.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Taking scrap pieces of ivory; or, pieces that have been purposely cut to size; for the sole purpose of drawing a simple shape on each individual piece of ivory ! No skill required !! - Child's play !















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Old 11-05-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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This is the one tool that is indespensible; a 12" rotary sander. The cost is $300 dollars but it pays for itself in no time. The 12" sanding discs are very inexpensive $2.00 (each) there abouts. The adhesive on the back of the round sandpaper allow intimate contact with the main wheel. It is easily removed when it is time to replace a worn out disc. You can see the exhaust hose on the right side that removes the dust away from the work area.



We have purchased an owned 6 of these fine tools. 3 in Point Hope - 3 in Barrow. We have only one unit here in our very small temporary shop in Anchorage. These weight over 80 pounds - they are quite solid and heavy but nothing can do the job quicker and easier than this fine tool.

Shaping pieces - is the main part of every thing you make. Removing the excess ivory!


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Old 11-05-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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That is some pretty cool art, some I have never seen. Can people buy tusks?
If so the would look good on my ULA's.
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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Can people buy tusks ? Yes & No ! (read the first paragraph). It depends on which type.

I'm not sure what you mean by ULA's.



These now need all sharp edges rounded off and polished to finish the final bracelet(s).




These simple steps can be finished in any order - before the bracelet has been strung up - OR - after it is all tied and ready for the final steps.
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:31 PM
 
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The final touches






After the 1/16th small hole is drilled, super glue is added and the stud is inserted to dry before the final loop finding is attached







Once the glue is applied - merely push the stud in and set it down to dry.





The loop is attached to the stud to finish the ear-ring after the final polishing of the piece of ivory to a brilliant shine. It is the shine that sells.




The finished product all packed up - ready to go.. .. someplace!
Absolutely beautiful sity my fiance has some very close to those!!
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:55 PM
 
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ULU knife, I had a brain fart, sorry.



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