A friend of mine sent me a big box of deer bones she found in the forest near her house. Many of my friends have their ears gauged to a huge variety of sizes, so I made a few sets of tunnel plugs out of some of the larger bones.
Making bone plugs is easy, but it is time-consuming and takes a lot of trail and error. The end result is fantastic--hand-made jewelry crafted out of a natural material, and they make a really cool gift.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Cleaned bone that is slightly wider that you want your final plugs to be
NOTE ABOUT CLEANING BONES: My favorite ways to clean bones are to bury the bones in the ground and dig them up after awhile, or to place the bones on an ant hill and let those creepy crawlies go to town.
Cleaning bones in bleach or setting them in the sun tends to make them brittle. Do not boil or heat the bones to clean them; this will make the bones absorb fats and oils, making the bones turn yellow and weirdly translucent.