It is all done in the same exact simple manner. Make a slice that is 3/16th's of an inch thick. At first learn how to cut 1/4" slices; Then you can sand each side for a brilliant smooth finish with no scratches of any type.
Learning how to cut STRAIGHT is a must to practice & learn; We will post photos here of how we slice exact slices every time with no ruler or lines or measurements! Learn to use your "eyes".. But at first; make marks 1/4 " of an inch apart apart on a piece of ivory and then begin to cut them straight. Don't waste your time by making just one cut at a time; You will not learn squat using that method; But instead make many cuts and work them all down (at once). THEN you will BEGIN to NOTICE; how to cut perfectly straight perfect slices every time. "There are no shortcuts to practice"! This is time consuming & boring, there are no two ways about it; Using an electric saw or other electric method will not produce the same results, Unless you have quite the setup - learn how to use a coping saw & a dremel. Those are really the only two tools you need to make outrageous money working from home - keeping busy !! The whole idea is to pack ONE BOX full of ear-ring boxes that are full = 100 pair of various styles - shapes & materials. If you have inventory you are going to make money! There are many 'hot-spots" for making sales in the State of Alaska. The #1 spot in this whole state is believe it or not- Juneau when the tour ships arrive. Valdez is another spot also. But without any doubt for year -round sales - The villages are the best place to sell your crafts to locals !! Native women collect IVORY - of all types. Ear-rings & bracelets are their favorite(s) to purchase.
Using a coping saw, move it back and forth slowly and pick up momentum; make sure you do not apply pressure to the saw or blade. Just let it rest on the ivory and draq it back and forth - let the blade do the cutting as you hold the handle loosely in your hand. This is going to take "hours" depending on what size the piece of Ivory your working with is. Once you have 1/2 a dozen slices or so; Now you can begin the next 'boring' step. It really depends on the size of the piece you are working with; this piece of fossil ivory only cost us $50 bucks. It has decent colors and is only 5 inches long x about 1 inch tall. So slicing up this entire piece would not take that much time. About 10 pairs of ear-rings that sell for $ 50 buck each = $500 bucks - ten times more than what you paid for it. That has been our observations when ever we spend money on ivory. Ear-rings are by far the easiest product to create. Absolutely no waste of any ivory. Just cut the slices, Each pair is a different size (usually) depending on the shape of the ivory itself. Cut the slices; round (smooth) the edges; drill a 1/16th hole in the top to super glue the stud into. Polish to a brilliant shine; place product in box AFTER you clean the ivory with rubbing alcohol. Keep repeating this simple procedure until you have a sizeable amount of inventory. Two different sizes of boxes are used to package & present bracelets & ear-rings. That is 95% of what we create on a daily basis. Bracelet boxes are 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3/4" - We much prefer to use the boxes with clear covers. This keeps people from touching the product which always leaves finger prints from the oil on your skin. Boxes can be purchased from Paper Mart dot com or Alaska Display in Anchorage.
There are literally hundreds of people that do this daily in many different villages all throughout the entire State of Alaska. For some families - this is the only way to generate income to provide for their familes due to such high unemployemnt in the smaller villages. This is a job - YOU must treat it as such- put in the necessary time & it will pay you huge rewards that you never ever thought possible.
This is easy to do and Ivory is sought after world wide.
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