Above you can see the finished ring, it shines like ivory, perfectly matching my pasty pale self!
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Step 1: Tools and Materials
That said, the requirements for this project are as follows.
Selection of spade bits
Fine tooth saw (many options here)
Belt sander (optional, but significantly reduces time consumed)
Hydrogen peroxide (for whitening)
Bone (I chose a deer antler)
Dowel rod matched to your finger size (optional)
Step 2: Creating a Blank
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.
Step 3: Slicing Away the Ring
This is fairly simple, use your saw to cut perpendicular to the hole we just bored and you'll get your finished blank.
If you wanted to created numerous rings of the same size you could have drilled much deeper and made several slices.
Starting to look like a ring isn't it? Don't fawn over it just yet, we aren't quite finished!
Step 4: The Final Stretch
For example, this was my process:
1. Grinding away the burrs with the dremel
2. Hitting the ring with the roughest belt I had
3. Dropping the grit until I was satisfied with the shape
4. Using the fine wheel in the dremel to smooth the ring to a satiny kind of finish
Bone tends to crack and brown under high heat, so try not to let it get hot, keep a cup of water to dip it in between sandings.
Step 5: I Wish Crest White Strips Worked for This Step
First, soak the bone in hydrogen peroxide for several hours, this will kill a lot of the bacteria that grown on bone.
Next, use fishing line or dental floss and hang your ring outside where it will get a lot of sunlight. You'll want to leave it hanging and move it around so it's always in the light for the next several days. When it is white enough for your liking, move on to the polishing.
Step 6: Polishing
Before I polished my ring, I carved two grooves into it purely because I thought it would look prettier. They were cut with a dremel bit. If you choose not to decorate it just go ahead and polish it.
Grab your buffing wheel or a piece of cloth or towel, squirt a pea sized spot of your polish of choice on it and go to town. Shine it until you're happy with the sheen and wipe off the excess with paper towel.