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Recycling Ivory Piano Keys

I've decided to strip a piano and cash in on the scrap metal. What should I do with the ivory keys? Thank you.

By Debbie from Riverside, CA

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June 15, 20100 found this helpful

There is an artist in Apple Valley, Ca. who paints small flowers on them and sells them. They're very pretty.

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June 15, 20100 found this helpful

I have a couple of ideas for reusing old piano keys. 1) Try painting dots to make them look like dominos. 2) Drill a hole in one end, paint it, or decoupage pretty flowers or other favorite things, and then string a ribbon or a cord through the hole and wear it as a necklace. I've seen some really pretty necklaces made from old piano keys. Good luck and happy recycling.

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June 15, 20100 found this helpful

Advertise on ebay. They are in demand for those restoring pianos. Do not destroy them!

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January 2, 20110 found this helpful

How about finding a piano restoration specialist. He or she may need this old ivory.

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Also depending on how thick the ivory is. It might be good for carving guitar parts. You could try your hand at scrimshaw too.

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

I have also found that an rubber eraser cleans Ivory very well a child got hold of a Sharpie black marker & wrote on the piano keys on the churches keys, I had to scrub quite a few times to get it off, I don't have an image of the keys, I had about the same luck with a magic sponge as I did with the eraser. hope this helps someone, then I used furniture polish on a cloth to freshen up the keys

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May 3, 20180 found this helpful

Its illegal to sell ivory. Even used keys. Find a piano technician in your area (www.ptg.org) and they may be able to help you.

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Also, apprentice with them if youre interested. There are a lot of pianos that are junk, but some older pianos can and should be rebuilt!

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