I chose a labor-intensive process with polymer clay over carving bone ir mammoth ivory for the sale reason--harming no animals, because I had this choice in our modern times. It felt....kind...over "authentic". One of the keystones of my art is understanding innate concepts in order to make better choices. Choosing polymer (to IMITATE bone and ivory) over gone was my first step on that path.
I have never regretted that choice.
artist & writer
Ancient stories retold in modern artifacts