I found this on squidoo, an instructional site. It’s an interesting pictoral/article entitled, “How Organic Body Jewelry is Made,” which is a somewhat misleading title as it basically refers mostly to horn jewelry made from water buffalo horn, as well as some wood pieces.
The article is produced by a company called Siam Intercontinental Handcrafts. I know nothing about this business, other than they wrote a very nice article. And apparently sell body jewelry. Still, the article goes step by step into how they make their jewelry, which is quite interesting.
Step 5 After the piece has taken on the correct shape and approximate size the hand sanding and hand polishing is begun. Different grades of sand paper are used starting with 120 grit, then 240 through 360 and 600 grit. After the piece has become very smooth we hand polish it using natural bees wax with a small amount of sand added and a strip of natural cotton cloth. The cotton strip is tied to a point at one end and the jewelry is rubbed back and forth along the length of cotton until a high luster is achieved.
Be sure to read the entire article, here. The pics above belong to Siam Intercontinental Handcrafts, not me.
I was going to do a nifty compare-and-contrast thing here, because there was a great little instructional page on how to machine a steel barbell. But I can’t find it anymore. If anyone has a link to that, please let me know.