Introduction: The Teethlet - a Bracelet Made of Teeth

No worries ! No one was harmed in acquiring the teeth and no tomb raiding was commited !!
These are plastic teeth used in dental labs.
There are several manufacturers. I managed to know someone working in a dental lab and could get my hands on some old fashioned design line.

This might look a bit macabre but such a bracelet is an awesome eye catcher.
The next big hit at your upcoming voodoo party or your local zombie gathering ;)

Step 1: Material & Tools

Tools:
  • Drill
  • 1mm/0.039" drill bit
  • Steady hand

Materials:
  • Elastic cord
  • Plastic teeth (from dental lab or manufacturer samples)

For a single cord bracelet you need about 25-35 teeth depending on your wrist size. 30 teeth would be perfect for a 18cm/7" wrist circumference. To make it a double bracelet you need the double amount of course.

A wide choice of different teeth gives the bracelet a much more interesting look than just using the same sort of teeth for the whole bracelet. I used incisors, canines and molars.

Step 2: Drilling

Drilling holes into smooth curvy surfaces is a bid tricky. Watch your fingers ! But once you successfully drilled two or three of the teeth it gets easier.

Try to align the holes centered. I used the drill to widen the holes a bit so they can be easily slid on the cord.


Step 3: Bead It !

I made a simple knot at one end of the cord so the teeth couldn't slip off.
The teeth were randomly beaded on the cord.
Once I was finished I made a simple figure eight knot.

Step 4:

Now that was easy !
And done is your tooth bracelet.

If you have enough teeth the bracelet could be double folded to get a thicker or heavier look. Or you could make a necklace.

I would like to see your creations !

Comments

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aliceaod made it! (author)2013-10-19

I've looked and looked and can't find a supplier. If anyone has the name of a company where to get these, please share! Thanks!

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ianmcmill made it! (author)ianmcmill2013-10-20

It may be hard to get teeth from a supplier for a 'privat person' if you don't own a business but you could kindly ask your dentist or a local dental laboratory for some left over teeth. Sometimes they may have some old or discontinued collections. A tip for the jar by the coffee machine could save the day.

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4catlover made it! (author)2013-10-06

If you don't know someone who works in a dental lab where are you supposed to get the teeth from? Are they expensive?

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kakmer made it! (author)2013-10-01

Great job! I haven't ever found teeth to work with. Perfectly gross!

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cas6767 made it! (author)2013-06-27

All you need now is an ear necklace and you will be ready for a stylish showing at the upcoming thunderdome next year

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AnnaBanana1123 made it! (author)2013-06-15

Some of you people oddly just have artificial and natural teeth lying around?? Totally Grossed out!!!!!|-P

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ianmcmill made it! (author)ianmcmill2013-06-17

You need interconnections. :) Thanks !

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JosiePosie76 made it! (author)2013-06-10

My skin is crawling.... Yet I am intrigued....lol
Pretty cool. If someone was good with polymer they could add "meat" to the base of the teeth(and or a root)...or use enamel to paint blood onto them....

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WrshpMzshn made it! (author)2013-06-10

Don't look now, but I think your bracelet needs braces! ; )

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brainscan made it! (author)2013-06-10

We have box after box of these at work. My boss can tell which brand they are by the smell they give off when shaping them up.

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grannyjones made it! (author)2013-06-09

I would want to put the tooth in a jig for drilling, rather than risk drilling into a finger.
That would really hurt!

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marcellahella made it! (author)2013-06-09

so cool!

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marcellahella made it! (author)marcellahella2013-06-09

some cavity? : )

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bruceguariglia made it! (author)2013-06-09

I have a bag of real teeth I've wanted to do this with for a while. do you need a special bit to drill them without damaging them?

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ianmcmill made it! (author)ianmcmill2013-06-09

No you don't. I used ordinary 1mm drills. 3 for 1.50 €.

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ianmcmill made it! (author)ianmcmill2013-06-09

Wait...real teeth ??? Okay now that is creepy. But you should be fine with those HSS (high speed steel) drills. Are these human or animal teeth ?

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artlife made it! (author)2013-06-09

Wow! I have never seen anyone else use dental sample teeth. I have a box of them I have used over the last 15 years. I never thought of jewelry. Great job.

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ianmcmill made it! (author)ianmcmill2013-06-09

Yeah now you know another thing to do with them :) Thanks !

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cal287 made it! (author)2013-06-09

I am SO using this idea for the next zombie walk! Great idea!

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samfargo3 made it! (author)2013-06-09

This is AWESOME. And creepy. But AWESOME!

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purpleaardvarks made it! (author)2013-06-09

Ummmmm

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ianmcmill made it! (author)ianmcmill2013-06-09

: )

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AndyGadget made it! (author)2013-06-09

 
So that's what the tooth fairy does with all those teeth.
What a horrible idea - I love it!

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ianmcmill made it! (author)ianmcmill2013-06-09

The tooth fairy, that is great. Didn't tought of her :)

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SlickSqueegie made it! (author)2013-06-09

That is sooo awesomely gross! I love it!!! Nice instructable!

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mal1 made it! (author)2013-06-09

Hay a estar como una cabra para hacer un brazalete con dientes... Y para ponerlo!!!

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