I have started stabilising materials myself. For now i stick to experimenting with the resin, the dyes, the bones and the vacuum chamber.
I plan to use these with some of the blades I have in progress. Already i can see many interesting ways to expand the things i am currently doing with handle material.
The top piece is going to be a set of scales on a full tang knife.
The bottom is a set of mammoth tusk ivory scales. I bought it from mermaid supplies. It was a single piece with a crack. And it was curved. I cut it lengthwise and stabilized the pieces lying upside down. This way they will be scales with ivory on the outside and green resin liners.