I was the first person ever to take a mah jongg tile and convert it into skulls and crosses.
I came up with the idea by the need to do something with an incomplete set. I was already
into skulls and carving them out of moose antler. This incomplete set that I had was from
an 85 year old game set. Not all the pieces were there, and really unusable in that state.
I was converting them into cuff pieces as they were. That is, dots, flowers, and red dragons.
The other pieces were useless, until I started carving skulls and crosses out of them. They were too beautiful, and I needed to make something worth while out of them. I took mah jongg jewelry (eastern) into the Bone Dust west. COPYRIGHT, 2006.
Mah jongg tiles. Ivory, bone, and bakelite. Some over 100 years old and some young as 60.
I turn some of the bone and ivory into little dead Okies (skulls). I call this series my "Dead or
Alive", which I match up with skulls and crosses. This goes back to the choices that we make. Each one so unique and never duplicated. Also, I make them into earrings and pendants. I also put skulls on chokers. Bone Dust has hundreds to choose from. We also take antique mj tiles and carve a set of six-shooter earrings out of them with sterling wire and rings.