After pulling them...I boil them to help clean off all the gunk and then I put them in my pants pockets and let the pocket liner polish them......comes out looking good. I think I kept them in my pocket for a good couple weeks.
toothbrush and some crest, three times a day...........................just kidding!
Put them in your pocket with your change and leave them there for about a month................they will be perfect!!!!
I'm a little late in posting, but I put my elk ivories in a shot glass of Coke. (Just enough to cover the ivories.) Soak for 12 hrs, remove and rinse with clear water. Then I tote them in my pants pocket for a couple of weeks. Best method I've found yet.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....