HOW ARE PUZZLE BALLS MADE?
The sphere is turned on a lathe then conical holes are drilled towards the center. The maker has a set of "L" shaped tools the one with the longest upright has the shortest cutter and the one with the shortest upright has the longest cutter. Starting with the longest tool he lowers it to the narrow bottom of each hole in turn and rotates it to cut the innermost ball free. Then he gets the second tool which does not reach so far down the hole but can cut a wider arc and separates the second ball. He continues working from the innermost to outermost shell. For obvious reasons, usually only the outermost balls are elaborately carved.
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The basic shapes of the finished products are then cast, hand carved to the final design, and then hand painted so each piece is a hand carved unique product.
Not only does this process protect all endangered animals from harm, but results in a beautiful work of art at very affordable prices.
Puzzle Ball sizes - Approximate
8 Layer HKIvory Puzzle ball approx. 5.5 Cm or 2.15 inches
10 layer HKIvory Puzzle ball approx. 7Cm or 2.75 inches
12 Layer HKIvory Puzzle ball approx. 8Cm or 3.15 inches
14 Layer HKIvory Puzzle ball approx. 9Cm or 3.50 inches
16 Layer HKIvory Puzzle ball approx. 10Cm or 3.90 inches
18 Layer HKIvory Puzzle ball approx. 11Cm or 4.25 inches
4 Layer Lt. green jade puzzle ball approx. 5.7Cm or 2.25 inches
5 Layer Lt. green jade puzzle ball approx. 9Cm or 3.5 inches
5 Layer dark Green puzzle Ball approx. 10 Cm or 3.9 inches