As I now manufacturer stone plugs and labrets in house I get asked quite often what materials do I have and great as it is to list all the materials I have it is usually missing the picture element and as material can vary from the area it is sourced from I feel that this is important part of choosing your new jewellery.
Here are the different types of rough I have available and some pictures of them so you can see what they look like. It is worth keeping in mind that some material varies greatly and the exact pieces pictured could have been used up all ready. If you have some specific colouring or patterns in mind please contact me with what you want made and these requirements as I am happy to search through my available pieces to meet your requests.
Pictures below are a mixture of dry and wet, I have wetted some slabs to show what the colour of the stone is likely to be when polished. If you want to see finished pieces of jewellery made from these materials take a look at my facebook page; http://www.facebook.com/BodyHazard
I recently got a load of whole buffalo horns in along with a few pieces of deer antler. I quickly got busy and turned some of the buffalo horn on my lathe and created these double flared plugs set with red brilliant cut garnet gems for a customer. Pieces like these are made to order and I can get ahold of almost any colour gem to be set into the front of them this process takes a few extra days for me to receive the gems as they are ordered on request but the results are definitely worth see for yourself…
All of our buffalo horn comes from a realiable source, horns are gathered when a animal dies either from old age or where it has been killed for food so that no part of the animal is wasted.
I wanted to cover some of the more unique pieces that I custom make for people as I have been cataloguing these creations a lot more religiously than I have in the past. I also now use Delrin a lot more than I used too so its nice to see the contrast between that and PTFE.
PTFE (teflon) comes in white only and is the only material of these 2 that is recommended for new piercings or fresh stretches, this is because it is easily autoclaved without damaging or melting the jewellery, but also because the surface of PTFE is smooth so any substances, such as the discharges from the piercing are easily cleaned off.
Delrin comes in both black and white, I only use the black delrin as PTFE is better if you want white. Natural delrin (white) is used by the navy for food storage, black delrin is dyed so could (although rare) cause irritation to new piercings or fresh stretches so it is only recommended for healed piercings. Unlike PTFE it cannot be autoclaved.