Rings made out of antlers

Rings made out of antlers DEFAULT

Men's Antler Rings

Set within a tungsten carbide or titanium ring, our range of Antler rings are completely outstanding &#; durable and strong, magnificent and naturally stunning.

The natural choice for nature lovers who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. Choose a ring or Wedding Band with an inlay of deer antler. Incorporating a natural material like this into your ring speaks clearly of your connection with nature and the great outdoors – whether it be hiking, kayaking, log cabin, survival, camping, outdoor cooking, cycling, or bush craft. This is a ring that says you love adventure and have plenty of spirit. And maybe even that you like to live on the wild side of life.

And even if you do spend most of your days in the office, your Antler ring will be a connection to what you really love. And will let everyone else know that you have a life outside of your working hours.

These rings are so distinctive. Naturally shed antlers from deer are used meaning that each individual ring is unique and completely one of a kind. If you are a ‘one of a kind’ sort of man, an Antler ring may well be the one for you.

An inlay of antler bone contrasts beautifully with either a silver ring or a black ring and is a unique and inspirational choice for men.

Set within a Tungsten Carbide or Titanium ring, our Antler Rings and Wedding Bands are strong, durable and simply stunning. Undeniably outstanding, it is a ring that people will notice. An ideal choice for both a ring and a Wedding Band.

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Guerilla Archaeology

As part of the Hart of Ely project, one of the first things we made was Viking-style antler rings.

These make great gifts, are relatively cheap and easy to make, and  infinitely customizable!  So, here is a brief how-to guide so you can make your own:

Step 1: The supplies

You will need:

  • Red deer antler &#; these can be bought online, or sometimes from deer parks and other sources.
  • A tenon saw or similar for cutting the antler into ring-sized pieces 
  • A sharp knife (not a large kitchen knife)
  • A round and flat file
  • A razor saw and a roundel tool/ ring and dot auger for decorating (Or, you can make your own roundel using a cheap flat-head screwdriver and a mini-file). Razor saws come in different widths, its up to you which to use, I prefer a mm 52TPI blade 
  • A bradawl
  • Several grades of wet and dry sandpaper (, and should do fine)
  • Micromesh in grades , and
  • Paint and brushes (enamels work best, but acrylics will do too)
  • A vice (optional, but it helps)

mini filestenon sawRazor sawbradawl



 Step 2: Cutting the antler for ring blanks

The first part of the making process is to examine your antler, and look for parts of the main beam (not the tines) that are as round as possible. If they&#;re more triangular or rectangular it doesn&#;t matter, fingers aren&#;t perfect circles anyway. Cut the main beam of the antler just before and after the tines, to get a look at the cross section.

You are looking for a nice, thick outer section (compact bone) so that when you remove some of it later, the ring won&#;t snap. Unfortunately the only real way to tell is to keep chopping up the antler.  When you have a nice piece, saw it to the rough width you want your ring to be &#; it&#;s really up to you


Your chopped up antler should look like this


This would NOT work, the compact bone is too thin


This piece will work, you may have to file off more of one side

Step 3: Filing the outer surface & removing the centre (trabecular bone)

Use your knife to create a hole through the soft trabecular bone in the centre of the antler. Twist it through, and turn it until its wide enough for a circular file. 

Next, file away all the inner bone until you&#;re just left with the hard compact bone. Then, work out what finger you want it to fit on, and keep filing away until it does. A ring size guide will help here too!   This process may take a while, but stick with it!

Finally, use a flat file to remove the brown outer surface of your antler ring, so you&#;re left with an almost totally white object. Some antlers have really nice marble-like patterning in them, do not try and remove this, it&#;s just part of the beauty of the material. 


Diagram showing an antler cross-section. The porous trabecular bone all needs to be removed, as it absorbs water and sweat when wearing

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Removing the centre with a knife

Filing away the centre

Filing away the trabecular bone

Step 4: Filing and sanding

Next, use your flat file to round off the edges of the ring, to make it less square and jutting. Depending on the amount of material you have at this point, you may want to file down the whole outer surface to make the ring seem less bulky on your hand. Be careful to use the flat of the file, because if you slip it is easy to cut grooves through the antler with the file edge.

Then, when you&#;re happy, start sanding!  Sand inside and outside of the ring, working up from a rough grit to at least , or if you have it. 


Step 5: Making your decorations

What patterns you want to put on your ring is up to you. Below are a couple of examples, but you can pretty much do whatever your imagination allows. The most common patterns are lines, circles, dots and runes.  Draw your design on first in pencil, and then when you&#;re happy start with the tools.  

To make lines, use your fine-toothed razor saw. Make a guide-cut first, and then remember to tilt the saw to the curve of the ring as you cut. DO NOT cut too deeply, you only need it to be deep enough to see, and to paint into.  

For dots, simply use a bradawl and work it into the antler surface. Be careful not to put too much pressure on, or the antler can snap. 

For roundels/circles, you need a roundel tool. To make one, get a cheap, small flat head screwdriver, and use a mini-file to file away the head into two points, one slightly longer than the other. Failing that, you can buy them on eBay, but they are expensive and hard to find.  Once this is done, make a mark in the centre of your circles with the bradawl. Then, place the longer point of the roundel into the bradawl mark, and turn it. Keep the tool straight, and keep turning, until the smaller point makes contact with the ring. Keep turning and the point will carve a perfect circle into the antler. Again, be careful not to slip!  

You can even make roundels of different sizes and put the circles one inside the other. 

Martin cutting close up (BLURRY)

Sawing lines with the razor saw

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Turning out a roundel

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Turning a roundel, with decoration lines marked on

Step 6: Finishing off

Next, use your sandpaper and micromesh to polish the ring, working up from / grit, through the micromesh grades to This final grit will leave the ring with a really nice shine. If you want to, you can leave it here, but we find paint makes the decoration stand out better.   

Run your saw and roundels through the decoration once more, to remove any dust that has accumulated in the grooves. 

Then, grab any paints you want, and paint into the designs! Try to be careful, but don&#;t worry if you get paint over the rest of the antler. Because of the polishing, the paint should only stick into the grooves.  

When the paint is dry, re-sand and polish, and the excess paint should come right off!   

Finally, it helps to apply a coat of clear enamel, to keep the ring looking nice and stop it yellowing over time. Apply it all over the ring, and then cure it by leaving it on the radiator, or putting it in the oven at degrees for minutes. 

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Polishing an undecorated ring &#; Check out the shine!


A ring mid-painting, before removing the exces

Thats it! you&#;re done!  Enjoy your new rings, and if you want to share them with us please do! 

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Introduction: Antler Ring *WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES*

made this out of some antlers

Step 1: Cut the Antlers Off the Skull.

Carefully remove the antlers from the skull with the band saw MAKE SURE YOU ARE EXTREMELY CAREFUL it is very easy to have a accident and have to go to the ER it happened to me while making it.. gave me 6 stiches.

Step 2: Cut the Hole in the Antler.

After you carefully take the antlers off, make the hole for the ring this can be done using a dremel tool or a drill press.

Step 3: Cut the Desired Thickness and Sand

After making the ring hole, cut it the desired thickness with either the band saw or a hand saw.. then sand it to make it somewhat round

Step 4: Finish It Up

I then used the dremel tool with a sander drum bit to made the hole the right size, then I took the dremel tool with a sander disk and rounded it till it felt comfortable

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Ancient Stone Age Ring Made From Deer Antler Discovered in Village Swallowed by the Sea Thousands of Years Ago

A Stone Age ring made of deer antler was discovered at a Neolithic site in Denmark that has been hidden for millennia, having been swallowed by the sea thousands of years ago.

The find, described as "unique," was discovered at an archaeological site in Lolland, Denmark's fourth-largest island, amid several other objects forged from organic material like wood and bone—including a T-shaped antler ax.

The ring is broken but "otherwise perfectly preserved," say researchers writing in Royal Society Open Science.

The object is centimeters ( inches) in diameter, making it large enough to fit a man's finger. It is finely polished and contains only "microscopic" scratches, while the inside still displays traces of the original carving. Its relatively pristine condition suggests it was barely worn or had been broken in the manufacturing process, researchers say.

The study's authors were not able to date the object directly and instead based the age of the ring on objects located nearby. However, tests on artifacts found near the ring suggest it was made 5, to 6, years ago, during the Early Neolithic period ( BCE).

Further testing identified the material—the bone of an elk (Alces alces) or red deer (Cervus elapse)—and suggested it came from the antler. The researchers noted some ambiguity, saying that it is not always possible to differentiate between the material of two such closely related species.

Yet they say it is likely red deer, the more local of the two species. Elk vanished from the area in response to rising sea levels and that would suggest the ring (or the antler it was made from) had been imported.

The proliferation of rings made of bone and other osseous material (like antler) began in the Anatolian Neolithic in what is now the Middle East. It expanded, gaining popularity in southern and central Europe. However, according to the study's authors, the ring discovered at Syltholm is only the second that has been found and can be traced to the Early Neolithic in Denmark.

It is not known why this type of jewelry is so uncommon in Denmark. One suggestion is that it is a matter of preservation and objects of this kind have not survived.

"Reasons may simply be due to preservation, or their small size," lead author Theis Jensen, a postdoc at the University of Copenhagen, told Newsweek. "It could also be that they are rare imports from the Neolithic societies in northern Germany."

The first ring was discovered at a site near Jutland in central Denmark and is "considerably smaller," suggesting it belonged to a woman or child. A second thing differentiating it from the one found at Syltholm is its material. Testing suggests it was made of wild boar tusk.

The researchers put forward the idea that there may have been two separate ring manufacturing processes—one that involved antlers or bones and was favored in the east and one that involved tusks and favored in the west.

In December, researchers announced another find at Syltholm—a 5,year-old birch pitch (described as Neolithic "chewing gum") containing human DNA. In a world-first, scientists were able to extract an entire human genome from something other than human bone.

"Culturally the site is very interesting as it captures the transition from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic, and it seems that the people living there, were both culturally and genetically still hunter-gatherers, even though they lived in the Neolithic," said Jenson. "What we don't know is if this transition was associated with cultural integration or if this was a conflict or displacement story."

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Of rings made antlers out

Antler rings are an excellent option for nature lovers/hunters out there. They are unique, affordable, and customizable. Let&#;s go over the pros and cons of antler rings.

Some pros of antler rings are that they are affordable, customizable, and come in various styles. Some cons are that they are delicate, aren&#;t very scratch-resistant, and cannot be resized.

Antler rings have been growing in popularity over the last decade for their uniqueness. However, it&#;s essential not to overlook some of the cons that come with having one. Be sure to read the entire article to make a fully informed decision.

What are Antler Rings Made of?

Antler rings are typically made from whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, and moose antler. The antler is essentially bone. Antler rings can be pure antler, a combination of metal and antler, or inlay in a metal core. 

Whitetail Deer Antler:

  • Whitetail deer antler is commonly used for ring making. It is the hardest of all antlers. White appearance.

Elk Antler:

  • Elk antlers are usually some of the largest antlers you&#;ll find. This makes them great for ring making. It has a high density, but it&#;s not quite as hard as whitetail antler.

Mule Deer Antler:

  • Mule deer antler is similar in density to elk antler
  • It&#;s darker in color when compared to whitetail

Antler Rings Are Affordable

An antler ring is an affordable option for anyone that&#;s looking for a quality wedding band. They can be bought for around $ When compared to precious metals, antler rings are much more obtainable for anyone on a budget. 

Antler Rings Are Unique 

Wearing a ring that incorporates an antler is much different than a traditional precious metal ring. Also, every antler is different from the next. The color and pattern of each antler will depend on a variety of factors. These factors are diet, genetics, age, and what the buck rubbed their antlers on.

I don&#;t know about you, but I love that my ring will be different from others. There are many standard rings out there, and you will definitely stand out if you&#;re wearing one of these.

Antler Rings Have Many Different Styles

There are a variety of styles and designs when it comes to antler rings. For example, you can get a solid antler ring, reinforced antler ring, or an antler inlay ring.

The solid antler ring is made out of a piece of antler.

The reinforced antler ring combines antler and alternative metals such as titanium, tungsten, black ceramic, etc. The alternative metals are typically used as a core. These types of rings reinforce the antler, thus making the ring stronger.

Antler inlay rings typically use a metal core with a channel in the middle. The antler is then used as an inlay in the channel. These rings also get much of their strength from the ring core. The inlay is then covered with a waterproof coating as a finish.

Whatever style you choose, there&#;s likely to be one out there that will suit your style.

Antler Rings are Nonmetallic 

Pure antler rings are nonmetallic, so this could be an excellent option for anybody with metal allergies.

Antler Rings Aren&#;t Conductive

Antler rings are known to be non-conductive. This may be an excellent option for anybody that works with their hands but can&#;t wear a typical metal band. Since antler is nonmetallic, these rings are safe and won&#;t cause injury.

Cons of Antler Rings

Antler Rings Can&#;t be Resized

Pure antler rings can&#;t be resized since it&#;s a natural material. Over time your ring size will likely fluctuate, so you may need to buy another ring several years down the road. If this isn&#;t something you&#;re willing to do, you may be better off buying a more traditional metal such as gold or silver.

Pure Antler Rings Aren&#;t as Durable as Metal

When looking at the durability of antler rings versus metal, there&#;s a big difference. Metal is much more durable and scratch-resistant. In other words, the metal ring will likely last longer than a pure antler/reinforced antler ring. That being said, you could always opt for an antler inlay to eliminate this issue.

Antler Rings Aren&#;t Very Scratch Resistant

Antler rings are about a five on the Mohs scale of hardness. This means that antler is about as hard as steel. That being said, the antler is somewhat scratch resistant but not as scratch resistant as metal.

Like I mentioned above, you could get the best of both worlds by choosing an antler inlay ring instead of a pure/reinforced antler ring. Antler inlay rings can be highly scratch-resistant depending on the metal core that you choose.

Antler Rings are not Very Valuable

Antler rings don&#;t hold much value. Although they have some serious sentimental value to anyone that owns one, they don&#;t hold their value like precious metals do. 

Do Antler Rings Last?

Antler rings are quite durable and can easily last a lifetime if they are properly cared for. That being said, pure antler rings typically don&#;t last as long as reinforced/inlay antler rings. The reason is that the reinforced antler rings incorporate metal and thus make them much stronger. To learn more about antler rings and their durability, check out the article I wrote Are Antler Rings Durable? Are They Worth it?

Is an Antler Ring Right for You?

An antler ring may be right for you if you&#;re a nature lover or hunter. They are affordable, customizable, and incredibly unique. Also, they come in various designs, so it&#;s easy to find one that fits your style.

However, if you want a ring that holds its value, can be resized, and is as durable as metal, you may want to look elsewhere.

Overall, be sure that you carefully analyze both the pros and the cons. Figure out what&#;s most important to you and fulfill those requirements. Each ring type has its advantages and disadvantages.

I hope this article helped you learn more about antler rings and helped you decide whether you want to buy one.

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Deer Antler Ring with Inlay How-To

As you may know, I love making things from the antlers of the whitetail deer. Every year, the whitetail will shed his antlers and provide us this magnificent material to work with. So I thought I&#;d take a stab at making some antler rings.

Your kids might call you a redneck&#;like mine did&#;but I still think this a great project. Antler can easily be worked, shaped and sanded. Adding a finish isn&#;t really necessary unless you want to seal it for moisture (wearing it while showering, for example). I&#;ve found as I sand antler with finer and finer grit sandpapers it polishes to a glossy finish. The ring&#;s I made fit smoothly on my fingers.

Peruse this site for a little bit, and you&#;ll see several of my other fun tutorials on making antler pens, letter openers, bottle openers, and home decor. Maybe you can think up other things to make with this gift from Mother Nature. (Let me know in the comments field below)

Post UPDATE: Check out my YouTube video on making deer antler rings. Hope you enjoy!

Tools & Materials That Came in Handy (Affiliate links added for your convenience):

Dremel N/18 Micro Rotary Tool (on Amazon)
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Now&#;On to the Tutorial!!

Join with me as I show you how I made my antler rings. In just a few steps you will have a unique piece of jewelry you can brag about or give to your significant other.

antler ring

antler rings

Step 1 &#; Select some deer antler. Most people want to know where you can get it. The quick answer is to check on eBay or check out a craft supplier who sells antler. Do some searching online, and you should come up with something.

There are many other ways to procure antler: search in the woods, yard sales, sportsmen, antique/craft stores.

For this project, I looked for a piece of antler that wasn&#;t very porous. Antler is bone and it&#;s porosity varies from antler to antler. It also varies on the piece of antler itself. Generally it&#;s more porous around the antler base.

Select a piece that is at least 1/2 inch wider in diameter than your ring finger. This will give you extra antler material that can be shaped and sanded. I used my wedding band as a model for these antler rings.

Also, try to use the straightest piece of antler as possible.

SAFEY PRECAUTIONS: In the steps that follow, I used safety glasses and a good dust mask. Antler dust is not something you want to breath in and it can be quite dusty when worked. Use a dust collector if you have one. I also read and understood how to use all my gear and power tools.

antler rings

antler rings

Step 2 &#; Measure ring size. I used my wedding band and just took a measurement. Fortunately, it measured 3/4 inch inside diameter exactly. Once I had that measurement, I knew that I needed a 3/4 inch drill bit. Whatever you do, try to get a drill bit slightly smaller than or right at your ring size. You can always sand the inside of the ring to make it accommodate your finger size. But you don&#;t want the hole to be too big or you&#;ll need to go back to the drawing board.

antler rings

antler rings

antler rings

antler ring how to

Step 3 &#; Drill the ring hole through the antler. I cut out a 2-inch-long piece of antler and used my centering vise to drill a hole completely through the antler. The 3/4 inch Forstner bit leaves a very clean hole. You might experiment with other styles of drill bits, but the Forstner worked just fine for me.

Some tips here &#; make sure the antler is secure in some kind of vise. Preferably, use a drill press. Try to get the bit centered over the antler as much as possible. This goes back to my reason for selecting a straight piece of antler. Take it nice and slow with the Forstner bit. Go in part way and pull out to remove waste. I also sprayed water on the bit and into the antler as I drilled. Makes for smoother drilling and keeps the dust down.

antler ring tutorial

Step 4 &#; Cut out the ring. I used my bandsaw to cut out the ring. I cut my ring slice about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick. This leaves additional material for sanding and shaping. And I can probably make about 3 to 4 rings from this single piece of antler.

You can also use a hacksaw if you don&#;t have a bandsaw. Make sure you know the limits and safety hazards when using any power tools. Read the instructions that come with your power tools.

(An extra step you might want to take here is putting some thin CA glue on the rough-cut antler ring. This is only necessary if you&#;re working with ver porous antler. The CA glue helps to fill the pores. Make sure you wear nitrile gloves and read the precautions on your glue bottle. Allow the glue to completely dry.)

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antler rings

micro mesh

Step 5 &#; Sand and Shape. I used my 1 x 30 Belt Sander and 6 inch disc sander to sand and shape the rings. If you don&#;t have a belt sander, you might try the Dremel N/18 Micro Rotary Tool This Dremel tool is small and very affordable.

Once I had the ring to the desirable dimensions, I used grit, grit, and grit sandpaper for hand sanding. Next, I moved to my MICRO MESH SANDING SHEETS &#; grit, grit, grit, grit and the grit &#; again, for hand sanding. The micro mesh cloths created a glossy shine on the antler. If you have a buffing wheel (which I don&#;t) you could also use it to buff and polish the ring.

You can also sand the inside of the ring, but just be careful that you don&#;t take off too much antler material on the inside of the ring. Keep checking for fit with your finger.

how to make antler rings

antler rings crafts

Step 6 &#; Add accents or decoration. You can keep this step optional if you like. I decided to use my wood burning tool and put a design on one of the rings. Burning antler is not easy. I had to turn the burner up on high. I practiced first on some scrap pieces of antler.

Some other ideas I would like to explore in the future would be laminating some other material between the antler material. You could also apply some dyes to add colors. In the picture above I experimented with some yellow dye on a scrap piece of antler.

antler ring crafts

making antler rings

The only thing left to do is slip the ring on and enjoy showing it off.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on making antler rings. Deer antler crafts are extremely satisfying to create. Let me know what crafts you are making with deer antler. Use the comments field and share what you are up to.

Related Post:

Check out my Antler Christmas Tree Tutorial. Another great example of what you can make with deer antlers.

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