You've been reading about and seeing photos of my faux bone jewelry, and I thought some of you may have an interest in seeing part of the process in creating a faux bone piece. First of all, the faux bone product is the creation of artist Robert Dancik, please take a moment to view his website: http://www.robertdancik.com/. He is the master, wouldn't you agree?
This is a sheet of 1/4" faux bone on which i've drawn a circle for the beginnings of a bracelet. I generally use a Sharpie as the lines tend to stay better as I'm working with the product.
Using a jewelers saw with the special faux bone blade created by Robert Dancik, I saw the circle out of my bracelet.I then saw out the body of the bracelet and using a flat file and a round file, I shape the body of the bracelet, curving and rounding the hole and outside perimeter. Then, beginning with 320 grit wet/dry sandpaper, I begin to sand the entire piece. I continue to upgrade my sanding with 400, then 600 grit sandpaper until the entire bracelet has a sanded, matt finish. You will note that the Sharpie lines and/or marks have disappeared as I've sanded.
My bracelet is now ready for the fun work! I can use a cross hatch file, drill, heat and shape, use resins, dye with shoe polish, add metal embellishments, etc., etc., etc., as you have seen from Robert Dancik's web site (http://www.robertdancik.com/ ).
I'll be showing you many more of my techniques in the months to come. I hope you enjoy watching my processes, and if you have any questions, always feel free to either comment (see comment button at end of each blog), or e-mail me at: DesertStonesPD@aol.com.