Making claw and bone jewelry

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Making claw and bone jewelry

Jonboy88
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27 Jul 2017, 00:48 #1

Ok I hope this is in the right place I have seen necklaces and earrings made from coyote claws and teeth and beaver mink and coon jawbone's I was wondering if anyone has ever done that how do you go about mounting the claws and the ones made from coyote teeth and jawbone's I have seen were they had fethers mounted on them any one know how that done
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railgun
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27 Jul 2017, 06:23 #2

Hi Jonboy88 if you show the example(picture) what exactly you want to make... would be easier to give any suggestions
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Jonboy88
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27 Jul 2017, 11:19 #3

Ok I should have thought of that and soon as I figure out how to upload pictures I do that but the best way I can explain it was with the coyote claw necklaces if you have ever seen one made from Bear claws it was like that just string on a leather string the earrings that were made for coyote teeth looked like they had some kind of wrap made from wire that the fether was hang from and the mountin stuff was fixed to and the ones made from the jawbone's looked like they had a hole in the top that the string was run though with a feather hanging from it
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Jonboy88
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27 Jul 2017, 11:28 #4

Ok I found some pictures of the earrings and jawbone necklaces that were better so I figured out how to do them I just can't figure out how they do the claw necklaces
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railgun
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27 Jul 2017, 12:53 #5

you can post a link on it so i'll be able to see it in the internet. I already got an idea how to attach feathers/ may be you have to find small metal tubings something smaller than 22 lr shell?
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railgun
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27 Jul 2017, 13:02 #6

https://www.google.az/search?q=earrings ... feoIfj2FHM:

Glue feathers into small diameter tubes and drill holes on the other side of the tubes something like that.
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railgun
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27 Jul 2017, 13:12 #7

here you are the process in pictures. but the text is in russian? anyway i think it would be easy to understand how its made by pictures
http://alyonamaslova.ru/bijyteria/sergi ... a-15-minut
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Jonboy88
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28 Jul 2017, 01:48 #8

Yeah man that it thanks now I just got to figure out what you call those things
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Forager
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28 Jul 2017, 02:06 #9

Here's how I've worked deer teeth and an antler tip into ornamentation:

I drilled through the side of the root and the beveled tip of an antler with a fine stone drill point - perhaps viewed more easily in a profile view - 


...which was simply threaded with a fine Dogbane cord for a necklace.


To make feather ornaments I simply work the last inch of the quill - here's the profile view: 




Next, with a sharp edge I cut out a section about 1/3" from the tip, leaving a flat strip connecting the base to the tip - 




Then I simply bend the quill tip toward the feather and insert it into the hollow of the remainder of the quill which runs through the feather - 

This loop is very stable and secure as is but may be further secured with a small binding.  I'll note that during a visit to the Museum of Natural History in NYC I saw original Old Native garments ornamented with feathers in this very manner and they were unbound, and I understand in discussions with traditional Natives that the binding remains unnecessary.


An alternative way to fix a suspended feather is by perforating a thin strip of hide, threading it over an uncut (whole) quill tip and compression-fitting it securely by pushing a bead over the joint - 




This may or may not fit your need but it shows a very primitive and simple way to craft naturally attractive ornaments in a manner which is consistent with Old methods.


Please keep us posted on how you develop and work out your project.
Last edited by Forager on 28 Jul 2017, 02:11, edited 1 time in total.
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railgun
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28 Jul 2017, 10:43 #10

Great and simple method to fix feathers. really useful. Thx a lot Forager
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railgun
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28 Jul 2017, 10:58 #11

Thin wire, pliers, and glue this is all that I would use for such works with feathers
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Jonboy88
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29 Jul 2017, 13:08 #12

Thanks man that would be perfect with the feathers do you think the way you did the necklace would work with one made with claws I have to wait until hunting season to try them but I think it would be perfect
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Forager
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29 Jul 2017, 14:47 #13

The deer 'bones' I used for the necklace were only drilled, I imagine it would work on claws. If it doesn't look right, then you'll find some other creative way to make it work.
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