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Author Topic: Where Can I Buy a Replica Narwhal Tusk Cheap?  (Read 1060 times)
RJBowman
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« on: October 01, 2016, 11:38:54 pm »

I have an idea to make a cane from a narwhal tusk. The real thing doesn't come cheap, and I've discovered that even the fake thing doesn't come cheap either. The cheapest cast resin replica I've found is $75 bucks on eBay.

I could make a hand-sculpted replica, but the materials that I'd probably end up needing could, I suspect, end up costing more than the eBay tusk, and to create the authenticity and realism that I would want would take a lot of time.

Does anyone know a cheaper source?
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2016, 07:00:46 am »

Sounds like a neat idea.
Maybe you could club some baby fur seals with your cane as well.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2016, 01:18:33 pm »

Hmm... on the programme Full Steam Ahead they featured an old way of making screw threads - heat a bar of steel and simply twist it. I wonder if you could do something similar here; find a tapered cane in a thermoplastic polymer, carefully heat it and, whilst one end is clamped, twist the other using pliers. The problem could be with the length - the twist may not uniformly occur along the full length.

Oh, and it's nice to think that only on Brass Goggles could you get a request such as the title of this thread!

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2016, 06:04:07 pm »

I once owned the tusk of a whal. Lost it, somehow.
Of course, it was twisted in the opposite way, and so would have been of little use to you in this case.


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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2016, 07:22:04 pm »

Hmm... on the programme Full Steam Ahead they featured an old way of making screw threads - heat a bar of steel and simply twist it. I wonder if you could do something similar here; find a tapered cane in a thermoplastic polymer, carefully heat it and, whilst one end is clamped, twist the other using pliers. The problem could be with the length - the twist may not uniformly occur along the full length.

Oh, and it's nice to think that only on Brass Goggles could you get a request such as the title of this thread!

Yours,
Miranda.

The narwhale tusk has a fairly distinctive spiral and texture to it; twisting a piece of plastic would probably not reproduce the look.
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2016, 05:42:58 am »

My Dear RJ -
I found alluring images on the aethernet



and whilst I fear I can't help on on the purchase of one might I suggest a manufacturing method -

lathe out a tapered core out of lightwieght wood such as pine
paint said core with slow set expoy
wrap the spiral out of paper cordage (aka "paper rope)  such as this

paint in ivory coloured epoxy

I cannot imagine this using up even a 1/2 pint of epoxy resin

hope this helps
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2016, 07:20:03 am »

I didn't know that there was so much variation in the tusks. I would probably want to recreate the look of the really wavy tusk; it should be recognizable at a distance.

The one tusk has the look of twisted Silly Putty.
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2016, 07:22:41 pm »

I would suggest a barley twist baluster, table leg or standard lamp in oak as a good starting point, then strip, bleach and paint to resemble the real thing
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2016, 07:40:42 pm »

Wood shaft Worbla for the finish perhaps.
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