Crosscut Mammoth Tusk Ivory
Size: 1/4" x 1.5" x 5.3" (approximate)
Listing is for one set of matching scales.
Each of these pieces is cut off of a larger mammoth tusk. The tusks are first stabilized with resin, then cut and then each individual piece is stabilized in resin again. This produces a more durable material, however, this also results in resin on the outside of the tusk/ivory so each piece will require a light sanding in order to remove the resin from the surface before attaching to a handle.
*Dimensions and exact shape for each individual piece may vary. The photos in our listings are of the actual piece/pieces that you are purchasing so please look closely before buying. Some pieces may not be perfectly rectangular, may be missing corners etc but what you see in the photos is what you will be receiving.
Raffir Fossils are genuine mammoth fossils. They date all the way back to the last ice age (10,000-40,000 BP). Needless to say, this rare material is in itself very special. For that reason, it also makes unique products even more special. Occasionally, tusks, molars and bones are found from these iconic mammoths. Raffir has developed a unique preservation treatment for each of these. All of the treatments stabilize the fossils with vacuum, high pressure and strong resins. Meanwhile, the resins used differ depending on the material. Nonetheless, they all result in a stronger material that is useful for a wide array of luxury products. Raffir Fossils are most commonly used for fine handles. We also recommend them for jewelry, inlays, accessories and other precious objects.
Working with Raffir Fossil materials:
The fossils are not yet petrified. However they do contain natural minerals and are harder to work than non-fossil material. Raffir Mammoth Ivory is the softest of the three. We recommend that you process it with normal tools for bone and horn. Our Raffir Mammoth Bone is harder than the ivory. Yet, it is still processed with the same equipment. Finally, Raffir Mammoth Molar is the hardest of the three because of its enamel layers. We recommend diamond tools for this. Alternatively, use tools for hard steel at low process speed if diamond tools are not available. We also recommend saturating the surface of all Raffir Fossils with cyanoacrylics (Super Glue) after grinding followed by additional fine sanding and polishing for a smoother and stronger result.
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