Two new “reverse scrimshaws”

Just posted two new "reverse scrimshaw" pieces on Etsy - a lion and two leopards on water buffalo horn. Reverse scrimshaw can be a daunting task even with modern technology. Was able to keep things in perspective by starting with an image that I inverted the colors on and following the "Whaleman's Way" - piercing through the paper to create an outline, then filling in carefully, referring to the original picture. The leopards are all stipple-dots, while the lion I experimented with scribed lines...
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Leopard in the Night – Initial Scrimming

Been so busy with gardening (and a gardening book) I haven't had time to scrimshaw. Kept my eye out for materials, though, finding cow hooves (which I may give to the dog), then I ran across horn tips and decided it was time to do this piece.  Have to find a better pigment, but here it is so far: Thinking the next one should be higher, though the same size. This will allow the whole scrimshaw to be seen at once, and will be somewhat easier to scrim.  During the process, I had taken a couple o...
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“Nevermore.” – Scrimshaw on Alternative Piano Key Ivory

Necklace and Earrings with raven and the words: "Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'"
Finished these a few weeks ago but never got them onto Etsy until today,  VD sometimes gets in the way (that's Valentine's Day!). Engraved and hand scrimmed after cutting them out, they're on an ivory alternative.  Recently purchased some real piano key ivory from an 1800 vintage piano, but I'm holding that for some special projects that won't be going interstate.  These were fun to make, but I really want to get back to the antler buttons.  Now that it's warming up, I may be able to cut them an...
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First Mystery Artist of 2016

We have a new mystery artist who is taking up residence as "Mystery Artist 21". They had made a "story bracelet" some time ago, though we're not sure of the material, it is a five charm bracelet set in sterling silver using a resin to hold the scrimshaws in place.  You can see it at "Mystery Artist 21"
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Mystery Artist #16 Found!

The artist's name was Ellery Knight. Thanks to Dario for sending us the information! You can see the original post at http://www.scrimshaw.com/mystery-artist-16-knight/ and the information Dario has shared. Some of Ellery's other work can be seen on the following links: Flobeds Fold Real Money (Illustrated by Ellery Knight) Abandoned Republic There are several other mystery artists we haven't been able to match, and if you have a piece of scrimshaw you'd like us to feature on our s...
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Busy busy!

We have been very busy with work, so much so that I haven't had much time to scrimshaw - which is hard on me in a number of ways at this time of year.  I have been able to create some Christmas gifts that I still need to wrap, and I've been able to sell some of the blank ivory alternative ivory bookmarks at our Paul's Sugar House where local artisans sell their wares this time of year (hard not to spend any profits on all the wonderful artwork, pottery, ornaments, etc. there!) In the upcoming...
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Scrimshaw Piano Keys – Personalized

Creating scrimshaw piano key bookmarks in two varieties: "Heads" and "Tails". Each come with a double satin ribbon tail and either a name or initials of your choice. Available through the Etsy.com store.  They're made from piano key top replacements that are legal in all states so no one in New York or New Jersey (or California) will be exempt.  I also have real ivory piano key heads and tails in very short supply, if interested and legal in your state, email me and I can create a custom scrimsh...
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