After 42 years in the trade I STILL run into interesting
challenges and learn something new every day.
Dontcha just love this business, Jo? You can say a lot of negative
things about it, but one thing positive is that it’s seldom boring.
Something new to learn every day!
I have no firm “this is what will work” info for you, but I do have
a couple of crack-pot ideas (speaking of softening super-hard bone
and crack-pot ideas, both fall well within my realm of expertise,
just ask my wife/business partner. She can tell you all about how
someone with a rock-hard skull can come up with some really
How about boiling them? (the links, not my hard skull or crack-pot
ideas, they’re both already half-baked) I’ve never tried it, but I
know just-cooked chicken bones are really flexible. It may be that
the piece was made while the bone was still “fresh” and it hardened
after assembly. Boiling sure works well for softening up hardwood
stringers in boat and airplane building. I can’t tell you why, but
adding a little vinegar definitely helps with the wood softening
process and may help with bone. Salt and pepper to taste.
You might also cut or file “V” shaped ends on the already-existing
cuts so that they barely fit into each other, kind of like a two-ring
clasp. I think that would only be a good option if the cuts will stay
in a place other than where they would be next to each other when the
necklace is being worn.
Whatever you end up doing, keep us posted. Enquiring minds want to