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I make it a habit to blindly reach into a pile of raw mammoth ivory on the workbench behind me. To keep things interesting, I try to use the piece picked to the best of it's ability. I say this because every piece of mammoth ivory has grain, layers, structure and attitudes as well as hidden flaws. If I go against these issues the piece will break.
This was the piece I picked. The color is questionable at best.
I am going to try to use every ounce and maybe get one set of earrings and two separate necklace pendants.
The two bottom pieces will make a fair set of earrings, but I won't know until I work the material down a bit more.
First set formed out.
Second set formed out.
The design concept,... but will the difference in color be an issue?
Every piece of mammoth ivory is different and there can be several different colors or patterns in each piece. Many a pair of earrings have failed and become separate necklaces because of this fact.
We just won't know until the final polish.
One down, so good so far.
Finished, not identical but darn close and acceptable.
Note, they sold to the first person who saw them.
Mission accomplished !!!
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