I have a situation where someone wants me to set a bear claw on
a pendant and was wondering if there was a way to polish it?
Also, being an organic, would I need to treat it with something
to “preserve” it?
Being horn, you can polish it with a compound for plastics or
ivory (but the usual metal polishing compounds also work), just
use a buff that you use only for non-metal items, as the fine
black metal smear will eventually burn in (experienced this with
amber and had to sand it off). Don’t work with too much
pressure. For preserving, you could use a wax polish (Briwax,
Liberon or other brands), but it is not too important. Theo
Fossel in his book “Walking & Working Sticks” states that horn
takes 14 years to rot underground.
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