Hello Dudes and Dudets! Today I will be demonstrating how I carved my Maori tribal pendant. You can pick one up for like $20 online, but where's the pride in that? This way you will be able to say "I (state your name) made this with my own two hands! " But don't worry it'll be fun! I did mine over the course of a few weeks, just little here and there. Well worth it though.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
You will need a rotary tool, jewelers saw, needle files, cord for the necklace (paracord), thin cord for binding the pendant, fishing line, xacto knife, a bone of course. (I got a cow femur from a friend with a farm) and always use a RESPIRATOR!!
Step 2: Rough Draft
Here you will simply sketch out what you want onto a piece of paper and cut it out.
Step 3: Cutting the Bone
You have to be careful when choosing where to cut the bone, since it is all porus. I've yet to find a solid piece (feel free to chime in if you have one). I found a fairly solid piece in the ball of the femur. Puce you fin it go ahead and cut it off.
Step 4: Trace Your Draft to the Bone
And this is as simple as it sounds. Just cut out your draft and trace it to your bone with a pencil!
Step 5: Initial Shaping
Now for the fun part! It will start taking shape befit you know it! You will take your jewelers saw and start tracing your draft. It should cut pretty easily if you have a sharp blade.
Step 6: Dremel Time!
This is where it gets tedious. I suggest putting on some good mellow tunes and going to town. I'm a big Jack Johnson fan, so plugged in my headphones and went to town. You will simply use you dremel and all the different tips to mill out the design you have chosen to the best of your ability. Theres not a whole lot I can do to instruct you on what to do here, as it varies on your design.
Step 7: Coming Together, Right Now, Over Me.
This is right before I rounded out the center of mine. I was ready to show it off then, but I had to convince myself to do it right and make it look good. Patience is key ladies and gents.
Step 8: Finished!
I was ecstatic to see this thing done! I had been wanting to make one for about 2 years, just never had the time!
Step 9: Lashing
I found another guy on here with a Ibble on lashing his.
i am taking no credit for this! he is the man! i searched all over trying to find out how to do this!
Step 10: Strut Your Stuff
Be proud! YOU did this! You didn't buy it, you made it with your own two hands! It has so much more value because of that, I hope it worked out as we'll for you as is for me! Happy carving!