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Gary R

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    Greymouth New Zealand
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    Blues ; Electric and Acoustic Guitar ; Non-Fiction reading. And now, Hobbyist Ivory working.
  1. Thanks again Ed, that is handy information. Another couple of questions please : Which of the blades supplied with the Dremel do you use ? I have seen ( somewhere ), blade-like sanding strips that attach to scroll saws. Do you have any knowledge of those please ? Most grateful for your help Ed.
  2. Thank you Ed. Yes, that is the Dremel Saw that I am talking about. I'm never likely to be cutting anywhere near 3/4" material so looks like I'd be pretty safe.
  3. Hi there, it's been a long time since I was last here. I've been making jewellery for some time using Woolly Mammoth Ivory, and have decided that it would be nice to do a little, simple carving. I will need a scroll saw for this and want to acquire a decent item for minimal cost. The saw will not be subject to intensive use and need only be "basic". Does anyone here have any experience or recommendations re the Dremel that they'd care to pass on please ? Thank you. Gary.
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    "boreing" Ivory

    Thank you for that suggestion Ezz. I've managed quite a decent job by firmly mounting the blanks and routing them out with a small engraving cutter.
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    "boreing" Ivory

    Thank you Dan. I have never even heard of forstner bits, let alone seen them ! I shall investigate further.
  6. Hi folks. I haven't been here in a while and wonder if anybody could offer me some advice. I've decided that, in addition to making ladies jewellery out of Woolly Mammoth Ivory, I'd make some nice-looking cuff links. An easy enough task; shape your Ivory and Araldite to the cuff link pad ! But, I'd like to carve-out a shallow, circular recess to accommodate the pad ….. for a much tidier, better quality look. I can of course rout the recess out with my Dremel but, I'm wondering if anyone might know of a specialist tool that I could use that would be quicker. I need to create a recess about 12mm in diameter and only about 1.00mm deep. Thank you. Gary.
  7. Thank you Tom. I found on a website, a company here in NZ that sells that product, or something similar. The candle wax / white spirits treatment has worked just fine and was inexpensive since I have plenty of candles on hand.
  8. Hi Danny. That's extraordinarily generous of you. I have emailed you. Gary.
  9. A huge thank you to everybody who helped me with this; not the least to Natasha. Armed with your advice, I decided to experiment. I cut up a section of wax candle, and warmed it with a little white spirits. I have some scrap ivory and selected a piece with an obvious crack in it. Dunked the piece in the wax for a couple of minutes, removed and left for three hours. Wiped the excess wax off and then ran water on the piece. No further cracking and no de-lamination ! Hallelujah !!
  10. Hello Janel. FWI is Fossilized Walrus Ivory. Thank you for directing me to Natasha's post. I prepare my ivory in pretty much the same way; wet-and-dry ( used dry ) sand-paper 220 / 400 / 600 / 1200 / 2000. But, the intriguing bit is the way she "water-proofs" her ivory. I think that I have this right ....... mix commercially available paraffin with kerosine .. warm solution .. immerse ivory .. remove and leave to "cure". When the ivory has absorbed the solution and dried off, does one simply buff the ivory with a cloth or must it be polished using a commercial polish ?
  11. Oops ! Sorry about that Christophe.
  12. Thank you Tom. I'll have to see if I can buy some of that here in New Zealand.
  13. Hello ; a newbie here from New Zealand. Recently, I made a few pieces of jewellery for my wife and our grand-children from a small, long-held stock of FWI. I gained a great deal of enjoyment from this and decided that I would continue this as a hobby. Of course, one cannot obtain FWI freely any more so I have turned to Mammoth Ivory. I bought some scrap pieces ; fine for the work that I wanted to do and created a few pendants and a bracelet for myself. I was especially proud of the bracelet into which I put more than 20 hours work. Then I wore it once, sweated ........ and destroyed it !!! I hadn't sealed it, something I'd not needed to do with FWI. So, a question. What is the best sealing method to use on a piece of Mammoth jewellery, that is going to be worn next to the skin ? Super Glue ? Waterproof Epoxy Resin ? Something else ? The most noticeable difference I have discerned between FWI and MM is the several "layers" in MM. When separated, do all these layers have the same receptiveness to sanding and polishing ? I have lots to learn and would be hugely appreciative of any help / tips that anyone might be kind enough to give me please. Thank you, Gary. West Coast, South Island, NZ
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