Posted in response to Tumbing Shells, Problems with Green Dop Wax from joe salamone on January 19, 2011 at 22:47:40:
Re: Tumbing Shells, Problems with Green Dop Wax
I start the process by cutting the shells into small squares (use the purple parts) then drill a 1/16 diameter hole in the approximate center. I then slip them on to a 1/16 thick aluminium rod that has been coated with white (Elmers) glue and fill the rod 75% of the way with the stack of shell slabs (about 3/8 inch across at the narrowest) with open area of at least two inches at each end and set it aside to dry. After drying, I work the whole stack on my wheels until it is all rounded off. Follow with pre-polish and buff. Then soak for 24-36 hours to soften the glue and remove your "wampum". Similar to what the indians did here in RI when they used a stick as a drill with sand grit then left it on the stick to polish with fat mixed with crushed fine sand. A lot faster with a wheel and if you have wooden spools you can get a good polish on the outside edges. The Wampanoags did not take great pains in polishing the sides so a quick pass on eather side with the spools will work to clean them up. For this I use another piece of rod with a smal hole drilled and threaded for a 4/40 screw. I put the wampum on the end of the stick and just slighly tighten the screw, It helps to have a nylon flatwasher on the inside (stick) end to help avoid crushing the shell when you tighten it down. Dop wax is way to messey and when you are makeing a bunch way to slow. Try a few, i think you will see it works great. BTW. I am not a Native American, just born here!
From Don Mello - January 21, 2011 at 10:29:30
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