How the carvings are made. A brief introduction and overview.
Short video of the making of a Bone Carving
All of my cords are platted by hand using the four-plat style...
Bones are boiled for several hours with a little bit of detergent or bleach. I tend to leave a bit of oil in the bone to keep the strength and a more natural look.
Over time, bleached white bones will take on a creamer sheen as they absorb the oil off the skin of the wearer.
Now the bone is ready for cutting and drawing the design on.
I usually hand draw the design first then transfer the design onto the bone.
Once the design is drawn onto the bone, then it is cut close as possible ready for shaping.
The shape is now ready to carve. I use a high-speed air drill that takes different shape burs (drill bits).
The shape is carved and as the detail emerges, it is ready for the finer hand tools and sanding to sharpen edges and smooth the sufrace.
After lots of sanding, some detailing and some polishing, the final result emerges from the bone.