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Apr 16, 2011 20:23 as a reply to  @ post 12236038 |  #316

We are headed over to the native hospital this afternoon with four bracelets.

This bracelet needs circles (ivory) and then baleen hearts inset into the black blank baleen pieces. It is all ready to drill for the bracelet cord after the inlays are placed in carefully.

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Blue Magick is the only substance that is capable of getting scratches out of titanium. It is very expensive but what a shine it puts on Ivory. It is a blue liquid that smells and acts just like an old product for automobiles called "Blue Coral'. Did you know ?? Some baleen carvers use toothpaste to polish baleen with !!! Many carvers in barrow do not even polish their baleen when they display their works for sale.

More techniques and another bracelet is finished.

The ends are tied very tightly - the knots have super glue applied to them. The excess cord is cut off. The knot is pushed into the larger hole on the bracelet piece. Using a sharp object push the knot into the hole. If you try to pull that knot in - the bracelet piece will break. PUSH !! GENTLY. do not force it.

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There are many different types of http://shorinternation​al.com/PolishCompounds​.htm"]polishing compound available.

We have always used Fabu-Luster! We have no complaints. We make sure to keep plenty of it on hand. I will purchase a case shortly and give each of the boys six one pound tubes. That will last them a couple of years. I always try and stay stocked up on all supplies far in advance of when they will need them.


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it is very obvious THIS BRACELET was never wiped down with alcohol to remove excess polish (white mark(s).).

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Apr 16, 2011 20:44 as a reply to  @ Majik Imaje's post |  #317

The next two bracelets to be completed today (monday) by Khris & Jesse;
Mark is currently @ the Native Hospital in attempts to sell the 3 bracelets we finished this weekend.

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Hand sanding each piece takes a few minutes time. To make the insets flush with the top of the bracelet.
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Jesse is in the process of adding his insets to his bracelet.
each will be posted here as soon as they are finished!!
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Apr 16, 2011 20:46 as a reply to  @ Majik Imaje's post |  #318

Angle the bracelet pieces 18 degrees this is a 9 piece. This fits the average woman's wrist.

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POLISHING THE BRACLET
This is a lot simpler than you may think. The photos are self explanatory.
First start your dremel and dip the felt wheel into the Polishing compound.
Pick up some compound on the felt and go to work.
Polish front - back - or top & bottom - and ALL EDGES.

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Work out a method that is easy for you. The more you do this, the easier it will become. Each step is always repeated a dozen times or more for one bracelet. It only takes 3 or 4 bracelets for you to become very proficient at this JOB. ALL the many different children we trained over the years; All got the same results - they were making insets by their 4th or 5th bracelet. PRACTICE and I bet you can do it on your 2nd or 3rd.
PICK UP A SCRAP. draw a simple shape and try to cut it out.
We still break saw blades, we still screw up pieces every now and again. We still make lots of mistakes (at times). But we can push out inventory consistently & with outstanding quality. So can you.
The boys do the face first. The top
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Then the sides

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Then the edges where the string is. just put it out of the way. don't worry about it. just jam that felt and move the cord back and forth to get the inside edge as brilliant as the top and edges. THIS IS A MUST!!
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When the bracelet or ear-rings are finally polished to a brilliant shine (it is the shine that sells). THEN .. take tissue and rubbing alcohol and clean off the entire bracelet. REMOVE ALL YOUR OIL from your skin that will dull the shine as soon as you touch any of the pieces.

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Apr 17, 2011 03:37 as a reply to  @ Majik Imaje's post |  #319

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The more you do these same steps.. .. the easier it gets.

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Apr 17, 2011 17:48 as a reply to  @ Majik Imaje's post |  #320

I am posting all of this to show you how simple it is to make outrageous money @ home doing the same simple steps day in and day out.
Yesterday we sold two bracelets @ The Native Hospital and we have one more sold there today. 3 bracelets are left over and two more shall be finished today.
The gift shop @ the native hospital doesn't want bracelets with any insets - simple but elegant were the words used. The bracelet in front center was just finished by Khris late last night.

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Today the boys are going to make 3 plain bracelets - to see if we can sell them to the Gift Shop @ the Native Hospital - Tudor Bingo & Northern Lights Bingo are also on our list today. First they make the bracelets (4 hours work each). Then we get out and hustle to make the $$. We let the bracelets do all the talking. Every bracelet has a lifetime guarantee. We fix anything wrong for free - no questions asked. If a piece cracks or an inset pops out. Our service(s) are prompt & quickly resolved.
Once a bracelet is finished today - then the rest of the time in the shop will be devoted to prefabbing for the next day - so they can finish their days work early and get out and make sales then back to the shop to prefab for the next day. We have our routine down pat. This is all we did every single day for 7 years.
Many thousands of dollars per week - is very easy to make. But it is not going to happen in your life THIS WEEK. But as you create inventory and learn how to market your work - THAT DAY will quicky arrive when you also will make outrageous money. Just by doing these same simple steps day in and day out. Treat this like a real job. I guarantee you SUCCESS!!

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Jun 05, 2011 14:48 as a reply to  @ Majik Imaje's post |  #321

Well for what it is worth - http://www.youtube.com​/user/MajikImaje001?fe​ature=mhum"]MajikImaje​001 is now on YouTube - 37 videos have been uploaded - showing in detail all of the different steps we use to create our bracelets.

I guess I better get back to posting images of the arctic.


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Jun 07, 2011 19:39 |  #322

Although I wasn't in Barrow this year for whaling; we are still in Anchorage.

But under the 'fair use act' I can use these photos from a friend that was there.

A whale was caught not too far away from this crew, That animal being cut up and divided brought the smell of blood into the air; polar bears soon arrive in many different locations looking for food.

Making noise, waving arms, shouting and firing a rifle into the ice close by is enough to scare them away.

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It is always a good thing to have someone in front of you with a rifle!! (chuckle) Just in case.!!


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No one is going to shoot a baby; polar bear or a teenager. The adults however sometimes present a problem. They are stubborn. Every attempt is always made to get that bear out of the camp site area and back away from where people are located.

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This is the wrong side of an umiaq to be on. I Have always been told - stay away from the left side of the umiaq. Only walk and sit on the right side. I have no idea how this image was created. I only know wht I have learned in the past and some things are very taboo out on the ocean ice. This is one of them. Wearing Red is another no no.. blues, whites, browns. are ok to wear but no other bright colors.allowed..

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Again the wrong side of the umiaq; I have seen in the past; hunters pick up their rifles and tell the person sternly; get away from that side of the umiaq!

you give away their position by standing up in that area before the umiaq. The whales approach from that direction. (left). Hunters are always BEHIND the umiaq. never in front of it.

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Jun 08, 2011 01:11 |  #323

Very cool shots, thanks for sharing.


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Sep 02, 2011 18:22 as a reply to  @ dandan1's post |  #324

Thank you for all the wonderful comments


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Sep 03, 2011 08:37 |  #325

Nice to see how others live way out there. I'd love to visit Alaska and work with the folks to get 1st hand experience. Looks like your sensor is a bit dirty on the 2nd to last shot


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Sep 03, 2011 14:29 |  #326

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Nice to see how others live way out there. I'd love to visit Alaska and work with the folks to get 1st hand experience. Looks like your sensor is a bit dirty on the 2nd to last shot

All it takes is a simple plane ride. Then you are in for the experience of a lifetime.


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Sep 05, 2011 09:46 |  #327

I know. One day I am going to visit Alaska - gotta to some serious planning because I would want to stay for awhile.

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Sep 07, 2011 19:46 as a reply to  @ Methodical's post |  #328

I did that once... Thirty years ago.. I've never left yet !!

This is another world... The most beautiful you have ever seen in many different ways.


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Sep 08, 2011 05:18 |  #329

I wish i lived in your world, i have read this thread a fews times!


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Sep 08, 2011 08:07 |  #330

Cosha wrote in post #13069079 (external link)
I wish i lived in your world, i have read this thread a fews times!

Yes I imagine you and many others would just love the opportunity to move here and live here. I wish I could just snap my fingers and make it all possible.

But for now; you have to settle for reading words and looking at photographs and dreaming.. ...!!

I am in the process of connecting all the links in this new menu. As you can see... I have done this many times on many different forums all over the world.

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This menu is 99% finished (as far as the forums are concerned). I still have much work to do this weekend to liven up the rest of the links

Thank you all so much for your continued interest in my work & love for the Inupiaq peoples of Alaska!!

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