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    Lightbulb Laser Engraving Ivory

    Has anyone worked with real ivory with respect to lasering? Any stories, comments or recommendations are appreciated.
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    It stinks a bit when you cut it. You need to watch your frequency settings because it will burn and char if it is too high. Engraves nicely but doesn't leave very dark marks, so infilling is important consideration. I would say be careful when you make your tests and do small areas in order to do them, it's a difficult medium to access these days and strict laws governing it's use.
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    I've engraved a bit of it and get a very dark mark using 40 speed/100 power at 600 dpi. It does stink kind of like hair. The best source for thin pieces is old piano keys or new old stock. You cannot import it from other countries unless you want a lot of trouble.

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    The ivory I've engraved has turned out VERY nice! Prior to engraving I waxed my pieces with Johnsons Paste wax to seal things up. Then engraved and colored filled yadayada and finalized the pieces by cleaning them up. No problems, charge accordingly. By the way where did you get the ivory? I got mine from a trading post in Washington, they sold it by the thickness I wanted. I see places selling it now by the gram???? It is beautiful stuff but way too pricey anymore. I would also recommend a "faux" ivory by several of the solid surface manufacturers. Something to think about.

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    I read that boxwood is supposed to be a good substitute for ivory, never seen anything made out of it in real.

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    I purchased some ivory blanks from Boone Trading Company. I was very happy with the product, customer service, etc.

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    I did two times in my life, quality was good, but smell
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    Thank you for all the responses. I will be sure to post my results should I move forward on this project.

    After a bit of discussion, we are not going to use real ivory but instead use a faux ivory. Does anyone know where I would be able to get belt buckle blanks? I have searched with little result..I think I may be looking for the wrong thing.
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    That might be a good canidate for some Corian. Easy to engrave and the fixings should be easy to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris degerolamo View Post
    Thank you for all the responses. I will be sure to post my results should I move forward on this project.

    After a bit of discussion, we are not going to use real ivory but instead use a faux ivory. Does anyone know where I would be able to get belt buckle blanks? I have searched with little result..I think I may be looking for the wrong thing.
    Chris, search for "casein" and you will find what is also known as "french ivory", which is a fake ivory with streaks replicating real ivory grain.

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    there's also a certain large tree-nut that makes for a very good replacement for ivory. it's not very big (about 3 inches max) but works for small inlays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Bejmuk View Post
    there's also a certain large tree-nut that makes for a very good replacement for ivory. it's not very big (about 3 inches max) but works for small inlays.
    Oh yeah - I forgot about "vegetable ivory" from the ivory nut tree. It's possibly just big enough for a belt buckle - maybe?
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    Good morning all. I am new here and joined because of my gun collection and related work with gun stocks. My specific interest today is finding someone who can do laser scrimshaw on my elephant ivory grips. I have a couple of nice fine line drawings of tasteful nudes I would like to get transferred to 1911 grip panels. Thought perhaps in the time that has elapsed since this thread was started there might be some new developments. I am also interested in laser engraving wood and stabilized wood. Thank you for your advice and assistance. Ed

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    This was the last set of grips I engraved. Real ivory, using Dee's recommended settings, engraved this color naturally. (Thanks Dee btw.)
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    Laser Engraving Ivory

    I bought a bit of Ivory on ebay, essentially scraps, sometimes bigger pieces/slabs. It is pricey but legal.
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