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    Post by DARION on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:45 am

    Source for ( ARTIFICIAL IVORY ) 292120 Hello my name is DARION & I am a newer member to the community,& very passionate about crossbow craftmanship,currently working on three different types myself.I cam across this agency that sells ARTIFICIAL IVORY at a fair price & it took me so long to find a source for this that i know you other crossbow craftsmen 7 women will appreciate this info as much as I have the knowledge I have gained from this community. company>G.P.S. AGENCIES WEB SITE>WWW.gpsagencies.co.uk telephone# ( +44) ( 0 ) 1243 574444
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    Post by Todd the archer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:30 am

    Looks like a great product, but I saw no on-line ordering or pricing info.



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    Post by mac on Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:20 am

    Indeed! Their stuff looks very interesting. It's a shame they have no prices listed. It's not like anybody who's not in the UK is going to call them up on the "telly" to inquire.

    If anyone does manage to get a price list out of them, I hope they will post it here.

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    Post by Baskethilt on Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:46 pm

    I bought some of their ivory back in late 2006. They sent me some samples so that might be the best way to have a look at it.

    The prices then were:
    Sheet size 56 x 45 cm approx
    Price: Stg 21.75 per kilo
    Weight: 9.5mm = 3kg; 13mm = 4kg
    That's 3/8in and 1/2 in. A kilogram is 2.2 lb for you guys who do it differently to the rest of the world Laughing

    I bought some for knife handles but have never used it. It's still in storage somewhere so can't help you with whether it is any good.

    Hope that helps.
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    Post by DARION on Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:01 am

    Ok sorry guys,This is DARION ,& I did e mail them with specific measurements I required,& the got back to me fairly quickly.A day or two.A full sheet of the artificial Ivory ( 55x56cm x3mm thick I was told by them would be $55.00.......I ordered a sheet size of 20"x8"x3mm for $20.00 .......& a 1"x12" x31mm rod for $6.25 & another sheet of 22"x14"x3mm for $32.00 these are european dollars I forget what the difference was for u.s. dollars.It was $19.00 for shipping as well.
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    Post by roonie on Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:19 pm

    why not just use antler and polish it real nice. If you have ever seen polished antler ...it has very a nice finished quality look to it
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    Post by jds6 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:13 pm

    Greetings,and welcome to the form.
    I have heard through the grapevine that micarta is a fairly good product for artificial ivory/bone. I think they said it changes color with age like ivory, but is really hard to glue.

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    Post by Geezer on Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:46 pm

    Geezer here: Yes indeed 'ivory micarta' looks just like ivory or bone, unless you put it right next to real ivory or bone... which actually looks way better. Ivory micarta does yellow a bit with age, rather like ivory, but Real ivory/bone has a tight grain, rather like wood. Micarta is entirely smooth, without any grain.
    Micarta is brittle... it can be bent only in one plane. It's slick and hard to glue. If you rough up the bottom surface a bit, it will kinda stick if you use Gorilla glue (the foamy urethane stuff) You might want to add a couple of tiny brass tacks as well... drill holes for those.. otherwise, the micarta will crack along the holes.
    I get my ivory micarta from an online billiard-supply place that also has micarta sheet. Try em. Geezer.
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    Post by ferdinand on Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:35 am

    Thanks for the handy info guys! I'll be looking into them to find a sheet of usefull stuff.

    Anyone have any experience with PVC or PE in ivory colour!?? That is something i can order quite easily.
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    Post by chaz on Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:26 am

    Ferdi,

    I just ordered some bowyer two part epoxy from Bingham Projects Inc., they assured me that it should bond pvc to wood . Have'nt had the chance to try it yet. I have noticed that over time and exposure to sunlight some pvc has a tendency to yellow, and maybe using a light sand paper one could make a light "grain" effect to help simulate ivory. You might Google Bingham Projects they are very helpful. You also have to build a heat box to help activate the glue. Chaz
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    Post by chaz on Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:47 am

    Ferdi,

    Activate may have been the wrong word, should have used cure.

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    Post by ferdinand on Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:33 am

    chaz wrote:Ferdi,

    Activate may have been the wrong word, should have used cure.

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    Thanks for the reply.
    I whas told that pvc would be hard to glue to wood, nice to hear u have found a glue that can!
    Cure or activate, i get the picture!
    Maybe the PE is a better option, they assured me it would be no problem to glue.
    But that stuff from the UK sounds interesting to, i guess it wont be much trouble to get it here by mail.
    Hmm, difficult choices to make.
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    Post by Rizzar on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:16 am

    Common 2 component epoxy should glue everything if the surface is roughed and clean.

    I made the experience bone plates are not really more expensive than micarta juma or other ivory like things.

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