Before and After

 At the 2008 PMC conference, I attended one of Robert Dancik’s lectures which I found to be very interesting and informative.  During the show, I purchased saw blades, forming tools, and several sheets of Faux Bone™  from Robert.  Upon returning home, I put all these materials on a shelf in my studio thinking it would be fun to play with someday.  Then last June he taught at the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee.  I stopped by his booth on “Meet the Teachers” night and he now had Faux Bone™ ring blanks which I purchased to add to my stash for that “someday project”.  After reading Robert’s book, “Amulets and Talismans”, I decided to move the Faux Bone™  down from the shelf  and onto my workbench – it was finally time to make something with this material.  I find it a very versatile medium that can be sawed, carved, sanded, shaped, imprinted with metal stamps, and colored with a variety of materials. I decided to start small – a ring would be my first endeavor.   This photo shows a Faux Bone™ ring blank next to the ring I made.  I was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly this material cut – the saw blade glided through it!  Metal stamps and a checkering file were used to texture the ring.  I rubbed black and brown shoe polish into the finished textures, added a coat of butcher’s wax, and then buffed the surface.   A sterling silver disk riveted to one side of the ring and a sterling balled wire perched on the lowest tier are the finishing embellishments on this piece.  It’s extremely comfortable to wear.  I can’t wait to start another project using Faux Bone™!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on July 20, 2010.

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