It's made of dyed horn
Re: Another suggestion -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
05/04/2020, 23:59:40

The owner had tried to ID it by burning and sanding off various spots on the surface, making it look rather gnarly. The untouched beads had smoother surfaces and a uniform color. This is the bead he sent me though. I fractured it and observed the pale fibrous structure of horn in the interior. Hot pin tests gave the typical burning keratin odor.
The owner had a large strand of these and so could spare one.
Iíve seen other horn beads mis-repped as phenolic resin, and have bought some so I could examine them, so this bead didnít surprise me. Some horn beads are very nice and shaped like old phenolic beads. Iíll show some photos tomorrow.

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