Bone soaks up stain like a sponge much more than antler. Soak a soft cloth in the hydrogen peroxide water mixture and wrap it around the bone handle as an alternative method.
First boil in water that has some vinegar in it.
How to seal bone handles. Same process as dry hafting a D adze blade to a handle. Wash in soapy water and rinse til clear and then dry thoroughly. Post Aug 06 2008 1 2008-08-06T2151.
I concentrate on removing the marrow as the oils from this stains the bone unless you want this affect. These must be washed by hand with a very mild detergent and warm water. In fact it is so ivory like that Dr Hrisoulas coined the phrase bovine ivory.
This method works for me cause I like the hand rubbed finish on blades and handles. Watch it dry before your eyes and the smear of resin it leaves behind is how thick the mix is. It should be done at least once every 3 months or a better indicator would be when the handle starts to shrink.
I sand to a 600 grit then oil two coats with a final rub down with 3M grey polishing paper then wax. Wash in dilute detergentcleaner. To stabilize the bone you need a vacuum pump and chamber.
I have had great success sealing stabilized woods. Play around with some scrap pieces until you find something you like. It would be easy to make it shiny by brushing on super glue or a spray on gloss coat.
After a while or if they have been in the sun they will calcify get chalky and much more porous. You clamp the Ulu blade in a vise make a guesstimate of the cord length needed and wrap that on a piece of copper pipe as a bobbin to feed thru the D hole. The trick is to remove the oil from the surface and seal the wood.
Use food grade beef feamers have the butcher cut the joint ends off just enought for the marrow to show. Like making a soup. Boil for the lenght you would for a soup.
Its oil and polymers. Put on some gloves and pull hard. In this video I demonstrate how to straighten out deer antler for other projects.
Wipe clean and store. Step 5 Use a mild dish detergent and water to remove any traces of lingering peroxide. How to Use Paraloid B-72.
Some of you have done this and for others this is new. It did bring up various hits. A friend of mine raises Bison for food and is an excellent knife maker he uses the bones for.
Or once oil free buff renaissance wax into the handle to seal in the moisture. I cant see running out and buying a pile of those small tubes and would. You can get it at woodworking places.
Dont leave these items to soak in the water however as the glue holding the knife blades in place can loosen. It soaks in and then hardens and waterproofs it. Found a good market for my ulu so I need to find out more about that.
Place the bone in discardable containers mix a thin and slow curing resign and cover the bone pull a vacuum on it until all the air is out release the vacuum and allow the resign to. It is best to stabilize the boneivory handles completely once they have been pre-shaped. Bone for grips and handles.
Sealing BoneAntler Handles. This treatment should improve the condition of the bone handle. Use at your own risk and always try on a small patch first.
Youll get a powdery layer that needs to be sanded off but you get a very nice silky ivory like finish. Dont forget to do all sides and ends. Some knives are made with beautiful ivory or bone handles.
You can dye the surface of the bone by wiping on some leather dye. To seal the bone use SuperGlue apply it excessively and allow it to penetrate the bone. I have used Lincoln shoe dye successfully.
If using the latter then I like to seal the working pieces with as much Cyanoacrylate that it will absorb and then buff with a white or rouge compound THEN polish with a wax in my case I use Renaissance Wax. I would not recommend soaking the whole knife in dye though that would be the most successful method to get the dye to penetrate the bone. Repeated filling and sanding with CA finishing it off with a 2000-2500 grit and hand buffing with a soft clothwill seal the handle well and leave a nice finish.
It will even out dull and shiny to some degree but will not smooth uneven surfaces. One may also use Renaissance Wax which will dry clear and non sticky. When treating any bone for knife handles I dont recommend soaking in bleach or boiling them as it tends to make the bones brittle.
Ive read here somewhere about sealing bone and antler handles with Super Glue. I would remove the wax or any sealer from the bone with 0000 steel wool. The missus got a new stock pot out of this deal as well.
Clean up the bones and boil a second. First test how thick the mixture is by dipping your brush into the jar and painting a line on the foil. Allow it to sit for a few hours.
Cut off knuckles and remove marrow. Mineral oil may darken Ivory or natural bones. Buffer does not get used much in my shop.
You might use paraffin for a key word search. Strip off all the waste meat and bones skin. To whiten them I use food grade 35 peroxide or better yet let them sit outside and let the sun along with ants do it.
You can brush in on and then wipe off with a rag. Antler will take some if it is weathered not so much when fresh.