I was at a loss when he asked what he should do to clean the ivory.
I do quite a bit of elk tooth jewelry. First, by cleaning, what do
you mean exactly? If it’s just general grunge, put it an ultrasonic.
If it’s staining, tell your client he needs to think carefully before
removing the staining on the “eye” at the bottom (top?), because
that’s considered to be highly desirable. If there’s some staining on
the side of the teeth the client finds objectionable, a little Zam on
a musling buff will clean it up and bring up a high polish. Never
polish the teeth before you set them. They’re slippery little buggers
if they’re polished first, and you’ll spend more time lookig for them
than setting them. Never put the teeth in ammonia, bleach, or other
strong cleaners. Can cause cracks, or those cracks already present
can open up further. Cow teeth have no ivory and are rounder, and
very fragile. Their calcium goes into making babies.
Katherine in Wyoming