Jason has been kind enough to send us pictures of his ship #6, scrimshawed on a piano key. This page is in progress, but we couldn’t wait to share it with you. Check back for added information on the photos. Clicking on any of the pictures will bring it up to full detail, which is astounding.
Notes: (from Scrimshaw.com) Many people (myself included) will scribe then ink, scribe, then ink. Jason’s ability to do most if not all of the work without repeatedly rubbing off the ink preserves a lot of his fine lines (see image # 7 and caption). Repeated rubbings will also make you lose the luster of the polish and some of the sealing. Too much pressure can also add cracks to the ivory. Using oil paint allows you to ink then scribe without losing the polish, but some people find it messy, and it takes a long time (up to several weeks depending on temperature and humidity) for it to dry, and if the ivory is not well sealed, the oil paint can in some instances cloud the surrounding ivory since the oil can wick beyond the lines.
You can usually find the DAP blue adhesive putty and the Fabulustre white diamond rouge at local hardware stores, especially if you have ones like our “Foster-Farrar” – an old time hardware store with bins of every fastener imaginable. You can also find them at Amazon – the links above take you right to them. Scrimshaw.com gets a small percentage of the sale at no cost to the end user (end clicker?), and helps us keep our site going. If you have any questions for us or for Jason, please feel free to contact us at questions[at]scrimshaw.com.