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Colleen M

How To Clean A Tooth

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Hi everyone I have been given a seal tooth to mount in silver and possibly carve ! I would like to clean it up a bit first to see how it will look but Ive never done it before. Its about 20yrs old and was found on shore. Can anyone help. It looks like Ivory to me.

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Hi Colleen. I have carved seal teeth before and as far as I know, they are referred to as Marine Ivory. I simply give them a sand with coarse sandpaper until I get the outer layer off. Then a once over with a finer grit before starting my design and carving. The designs I have done I have largely maintained the shape of the tooth. I have also kept some small sections of the original tooth for a design element, up to you. They were closed at the root and didn't seem to have a cavity.

 

Hope this helps, Billy.

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