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Faux ivory ring carved from bone

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This little tutorial will show you how to create a ring that will surely have the does chasing you down.

Above you can see the finished ring, it shines like ivory, perfectly matching my pasty pale self!

If you like my tutorial, please click the vote in the top right to help me in the Jewelry Contest!
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Before beginning this project, you must realize that bone dust is very fine and has the potential to be poisonous. Do your best not to breath it, and if you don't have a mask, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS.

That said, the requirements for this project are as follows.

Tools:
Vise
Drill
Selection of spade bits
Fine tooth saw (many options here)
Dremel (optional)
Belt sander (optional, but significantly reduces time consumed)
Hydrogen peroxide (for whitening)
Polishing compound

Materials:
Bone (I chose a deer antler)
Dowel rod matched to your finger size (optional)

Step 2: Creating a blank

The final check, put on your safety glasses and mask!
Now we can begin.

Put your bone of choice into your vise, make sure its secure. You do not want to get hit in the face with your drill if it stalls.
Chuck a spade bit roughly the size of your finger (go smaller rather the bigger if you have to, you can always make the hole bigger with the dremel later), and drill a hole a little deeper than the desired width of your ring. I went about 1/4 of an inch to give me a little extra material to work with.
nobrain988 months ago
Will the bone be damaged (withered away/eroded) if the ring is left in the peroxide too long?
absolute zero (author)  nobrain988 months ago
I've left bits in it for days at a time with no structural damage, in fact after a while the peroxide stops reacting with the bone and nothing will ever happen unless you add more peroxide.
bdempsey19 months ago
If you can get in good graces with a local butcher You can get cow bones which work pretty well for jewelry too. Never tried to make ring with them though.
absolute zero (author)  bdempsey18 months ago
I've tried with a femur bone, the cylindrical nature of the bone doesn't lend itself well to ring making. You'd need a really thick piece. You're right though, lovely charms for necklaces and such!
Congratulations on winning second prize!
absolute zero (author)  emilyvanleemput8 months ago
Thank you!
ArticAkita9 months ago
Iv'e made one from moose antler, you have to let your antler dry a year before making a ring to your size because they shrink and mess up your work.
Whats the story with the frogs under glass photo by your name,where can I get a better look at it,its an eye catcher.
ArticAkita9 months ago
I just used my bech belt sander for the outside shaping worked beautifully!
ArticAkita9 months ago
I made mine the hard way by 100% Dremeling away and my ring fits but is a tiny bit oval, kinda hard to keep steady without proper tools :)
HowGlidd9 months ago
It's a "vise" not a "vice".
absolute zero (author)  HowGlidd9 months ago
Corrected, thank you!
Nice instructable Zero, I like it. I find it funny that the kind of comments HowGlidd posts come from people that have published Zero instructables!
They have several in the works, they just can't get them perfect enough to publish.
absolute zero (author)  SlickSqueegie9 months ago
Thank you!
chuckyd9 months ago
Have you tried human bone?
woodreaux9 months ago
Nicely done. One thing I will say is, don't wear gloves around anything that has any circular(or stroke) motion to it. It can and will grab the glove with your fingers/hand and do great damage! Lose a little skin and keep your fingers hopefully. Beware of clothing and hair as well, insofar as things getting caught in the werks!
"fawn"
Clever pun :)
r_harris29 months ago
A very good job. When I first saw it, I figured it was done on a lathe. You obviously put some real effort into making a really good looking ring.
absolute zero (author)  r_harris29 months ago
Thank you! No lathe, I have a lack of shop equipment, so it would be nice to win the printer for the contest :) I spent most of today making more rings, be sure to check the new pictures!
Wroger-Wroger9 months ago
With a massive shortage of flocks of easy to shoot down deer in Australia, I immediately thought of dog bones from the butcher...

I have however, trained my dog to make barkers nests in the back yard.
absolute zero (author)  Wroger-Wroger9 months ago
A co worker of my dad had one deer antler, one antler wasn't much use so he gave it to me. Bones are much too expensive here to make jewelry out of :p
Drweb49 months ago
Very nice. I think I could do this! Good photos! I'll try it.
thinkpadt309 months ago
Nice 'ible! Very complete and informative. I have used antlers many times to make knife handles. Antlers will polish up to a very high shine. However, once it gets wet, the bone material will absorb some of the water and afterwards feel fuzzy. The remedy is to paint the ring with a few coats of clear acrylic paint or lacquer, then sand with a high number sand paper (like 600 or higher), or to use a rough textured cloth with the Simichrome to knock down any high spots in the finish, then polish as before. That will keep your ring looking great for years to come. I liked your subtle use of puns in your narrative, by the way.
docron759 months ago
Nice job. I have made several pens on the lathe using this material, and it does polish up well. I used cyanoacrylate (crazy glue) as a finish, gives a nice glossy shine.
Just one correction. Antler is not bone, but keratin, same material as hair and fingernails. That is why it smells like burning hair when you cut it!
fluffydragon9 months ago
Huh.. learn something new every day. I had no idea that antlers were bone! Thanks, Wikipedia :D

I always thought antlers were well.. 'not bone' because they can be lost and regrown, depending on the animal.
r_harris29 months ago
Don't fawn over it yet, it's still just an antler? :-)
dimdiode9 months ago
I like it, and will have a go at one myself, sometime. thanks
firedancer579 months ago
Very nice, will have to try this.
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