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Some time back, members of the Wanapam tribe, here in North Central Washington, bought a couple of my walking sticks. As well, they expressed interest in a unique one Iím currently working on.

Meanwhile, the Wanapams opened are really nice interpretive center, which I had the pleasure of touring. In the course of that tour, I saw many photographs of work being done on hides, dug outs, various activities and so on.

The visit to the Center inspired to create some of the things I saw being used. For example:

1) I made a couple handles and installed them on a heavy planer blade to create a draw knife like scraper for working hides.

2) I made a heavy mallet from beautiful, figured sycamore, for tending detail work on dug outs.

Since I added wood tuning to my many passions and since I was thinking along the lines of things locals might use or be interested in, my latest flitterings resulted in a prototype rattle, the inspiration for this blog.

When done, the rattle was a bit plain and, perhaps, too much like Moroccan rattles. Because of that, I hand carved a design into it, with the idea Iíd fill the carved portion with something.

On a whim, I:

1) bought some colored powders folks use to embellish embossed cards;

2) crushed up some oyster shells;

3) mixed some two to one epoxy and added the [turquoise colored] powder and crushed shell; and,

4) I pushed the mix into the carvings.

Once dried, I could have used the result as a [really ugly, but colorful] rasp. However, after sanding the hardened mix back down flush with wood (the carvings were nearly one eighth inch deep), starting with 120 grit and stopping with 320, then taking the rattle to the buffer, the potential of the simple mix began to become apparent.

In just seconds, the oyster shell polished to a pearl like finish. With the large and small flecks of shell and the turquoise powder suspended in clear epoxy, the hardened mix might pass for some type of turquoise.

Because the rattle is round and the two to one epoxy mix flows, I am forced to do only a little at a time, or the mix flows back out of the carved areas, even with the powder and shell mixed in.

If I did much of this on round surfaces, I might have to consider a rotisserie or similar to, slowly, turn the project, to keep the slowly flowing mix in place, such as is done when building fishing poles.

In the end, I like the result enough Iíll try this for other projects. Depending on the application, some, like this, might have a crude, hand carved appearance. On the other hand, others might have dados filled with this or other more carefully placed cut lines to produce crisp, parallel edges.

Yesterday, visiting a friend, I noted he had a large rock, which had a lot of yellow (like sulfur), in it. It was crumbling, so I picked up a few pieces, took them back to the shop and crushed the pieces between a couple pieces of iron rod (one was 2Ēx6Ē and the other 1-1/4Ē by 6Ē). Today, Iíll mix a little with epoxy and see how it looks in a fill.

Iíll add more photos in a couple days, after Iíve filled, sanded and polished all the carvings. Hopefully, Iíll be able to catch the contrast of the pearl like shell against the faux turquoise-epoxy filler.

Give the process a test drive.
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Very cool, Kelly. I like that a lot.

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Two things Kelly...well three actually.

Firstly, that's a really cool rattle that you made.

Now change the word Fake to Pseudo, means the same thing but it will deceive a lot more people!

Third, just add some cab-o-sil to your epoxy until it thick enough not to run.
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that is really cool Kelly...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Great idea ,Kelley, came out very well in the end. The sort of rough carving gives it an "old" look that really enhances the design.

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Are the Wampum tribe an E.WA. tribe? where is their center?

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They are an E. Wash. tribe. They are tied to the Yakima's, I believe. The center they just built is near Priest Rapids Dam.

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Very nice Kelly.
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Well done. The mix is a great idea.

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I love it when the words "Genuine" and "Fake" can go together so neatly - WELL DONE!

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Authentic Reproduction!

Well done Kelly!

That might look good with obsidian instead of mother of pearl. It would be a good contrast and still take a great polish. One more thing to try.

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