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How to make a bear claw necklace (cheap)
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 Posted: Thu Sep 20th, 2007 04:08 PM
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I stumbled upon an idea this morning and here's what I got. The great thing is it was fast and cheap.
 
Here's the finishd product more or less. I'm going to look for some long white and black beads, etcetera to finish it off. Not certain how many actual claws I'm going to use, three to five I guess.





Ok start with your claws in the raw form. Best way I found to cut them off is frozen. Stick the paw in a vice and use a hacksaw. Make sure you cut the claw far enough back. Use a box cutter and slowly whittle them down.



Then I took a dremel to them and with a standard cut off disc made a straight cut on top. I used the smaller bit to widen the cut a little and hollow out the inside a little for the hardener to pool.




The only thing left to do was insert the fishing swivel, I used size #1, and coat the whole claw with finger nail hardener, making sure you let the hardener run down into the claw to seal the swivel in.

The claw seems to soak the hardener up so keep applying as many coats as it needs to fill the top side hole up.

Whenever I paint any of my rifle/pistol/shotgun sights I coat them with the same thing which helps them lasts several seasons.



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 Posted: Thu Sep 20th, 2007 07:26 PM
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Pretty neat, WOLFKILL.  Never have hunted bear but if I were to, doing something like you've illustrated with the claws looks pretty good.  :thumbs:



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 Posted: Thu Sep 20th, 2007 10:11 PM
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I'm going bear hunting in the Adirondacks this weekend.  My friend said he has seen a 350 pounder up there by his camp.  They took two last weekend (150 and 180 pounds).

I hope you haven't copyrighted your necklace design 'cause I may "borrow" it if I get one.:wink:

 



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Don't those bears get mad when you go to cutting off there nails?

 

 

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guntech59 wrote: I hope you haven't copyrighted your necklace design 'cause I may "borrow" it if I get one.:wink:

 




No prob guntech59 here's some more idea's I fooled around this afterrnoon with after running to Walmart to see what they had for beads and stuff and this is where I'm at now. Just found a web site with the long bone beads which is what I really want.

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp

Good luck on the bear hunt. They are a tasty animal...sadly my freezer is empty of bear meat. I foolishly used what little I had left for bear bait thinking "It' a year old now and I'll be getting fresh bear meat."

I still have until 10-14-07 on my license though.

 

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Here's the finished bear claw necklace with her Indian dress which she just got in the mail today.

I think a guy could use boar teeth, coyote teeth, bear teeth, wolf claws, etcetera and come up with something unique and best of all cheap.

Going to look into actually using bone too instead of the fake bone bead. 

Last year when I found that wolf skull (see avatar) must of been some other stuff left in the area.



 



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That's some really nice work there wolfkill!

I just wanted to let you know that I did get that bear I was after.  He dressed out to 305 lbs.  Beautiful coat.  I couldn't ask for anything better for my first bear.  Here's a few pics...












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Very very nice. Got a head mount planned? Obviously the cheapest and they fit well in just about any room in the house.

Is that a 30-30? Sure doesn't look like a .444 Marlin. Took my 1st bear with a 30-30.

Try some crock pot bear stew for sure. And don't bother cutting the fat off or cutting the meat into chunks period. It will fall apart nicely just like prime beef.

It is beef really...BEEF OF THE NORTH and it's free.  :thumbs:

I'm leaving myself in an hour to try the hunt one last time.

You should repost these though guntech59 seperate on a new topic to make sure everyone see's them.

You did good....very good.  :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs: Bet you got the bear hunt fever now!!



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Thanks for the info, I got a bear that is 387lbs dressed and approx. 457lbs live.  I did a search to find how to make a bear claw necklace and your info will come in very handy!

Attachment: Mike beside bear.JPG (Downloaded 30 times)



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Mike, Welcome to HB and congratulations on a nice Bear. The rules here say more details. Gun, yardage, loads etc. Just kidding about rules, but we do like success stories. Rockydog



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