I would like to find a source for some clean and good quality bones
that i can carve for jewelry. I don’t need large pieces but I don’t
want porous pieces of bone. Some flat pieces would be wonderful -
maybe 10 mm-20mm thick and 3-4 inches long would be great. Does
anyone have any ideas. I’ve tried taxidermists but the bones are
porous and need a lot of cleaning
I would like to find a source for some clean and good quality
bones that i can carve for jewelry. I don't need large pieces but I
don't want porous pieces of bone. Some flat pieces would be
wonderful - maybe 10 mm-20mm thick and 3-4 inches long would be
great. Does anyone have any ideas. I've tried taxidermists but the
bones are porous and need a lot of cleaning
A lot depends on where you live. Here in North Florida, there are a
lot of cattle and horse breeders, both professional and hobby, and
it’s fairly easy to come by because there is always natural
attrition. I have to do my own prep, but it’s not really that much an
issue. For the most part it’s like making soup stock.
If you want bone that’s already been de-fleshed and not treated with
anything harsh, your best bet is to find a "Mountain Man Redevous"
gathering, or sometimes Civil War reenactments, or even Renaissance
Fairs. Often there are vendors there who sell such raw materials.
For smaller pieces, the large supermarket style pet stores usually
have clean, food-safe bones as well (some of them are nearly full
sections of cow thigh bone).
For the dimensions you want, you want to find shoulder blades and
jawbone plates, both of which are fairly large flat pieces that are
also tight grained and dense.
Beef shank bones are available cleaned dried and wrapped in the dog
toy or dog food part of your favorite grocery. They appear yellowy
brown but are not really. The colour is painted on. I have used them
for carving figures and carved parts for my boat models and it
carves great. I dont know if you canget half an inch but definately
3/8ths. Have you ever tried taga nuts which are plant ivory.
The big-box pet store chains often carry sterilized ox bone, which,
when cut intelligently, can yield pieces the size you’re looking
for. It’s certainly easier than trying to defat and bleach bones
yourself. I find a bandsaw saves a bit of time, but a hand-operated
hacksaw will cut this material pretty easily. Here’s a link to some
available online: http://www.jbpet.com/Natural-Bones,851.html
Joni, go to the local meat cutter & tell him you want large femur
bone. nice & white, hard & clean and cheap too. He probably can /
will cut it up in manageable pieces. I have some deer leg bone but
its too small.
One important thing about working with bone, Do not breath in the
dust, when working with it. In addition to the bone dust you will
also be breathing in any residual chemicals used to bleach and
prepare the bones. You never know what is used when they are
imported from overseas. With human bone dust there are a number of
illnesses that can be transmitted by inhaling the bone dust.
If you would like some very good books on Ivory and its replacement
carving try here they seem to be the place for books on ivory and
scrimshawing. http://www.schifferbooks.com Either of Jim Stevens
books are great for working carvers. They also have a very good
supply list of the real stuff pre CITIES elephant, mammoth,antler,
bone and man made.
I had misplaced the contact info for a bone supplier i had used until
I got a Christmas card from him. I know some one was looking for a
good reliable supplier. well here is your man. yes he is in India but
he has a very good product he will custom finish bone or horn any way
you want. he will send out samples if there is a possibility of a
steady purchase. His prices are very cheap even cheaper if you use
your own shipping account.
well to sum it up i highly recommend him. tell him i referred you Jen
lane i just want him to know i kept my promise he has been ripped off
by a few buyers. and he still trusted me.
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