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fish (the other one)



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 07 4:05 pm    Post subject: ~scrimshaw on mammoth ivory~  Reply with quote    

the pieces are carved out of rough ,100,000 year old mamoth ivory,shaped then polished to a mirror finish,then the scrimshaw can be added, cut into the surface with a scalpal blade.once the picture is done whale fat tallow soot is rubbed into the surface to show up the scrimshaw,finaly bees wax is used to seal it in.
the top piece is 4cm long,so the detail is very small.
the top picture is of a mammoth and the tundra,the larger harpoon shape piece,has a fissure in the surface so i used it in the picture,i did an indian scene of a hunter returning from the hunt in the snow with his dog,in the encampment is a child playing with his bow,fish smoking on a rack,a skin streatched on a rack,and the evening meal being cooked.in the background a sun setting behind the firs.



some times the ivory has the most beutiful grain,and in my view superior to plain cream elephant ivory,which is of course now protected under international law.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 07 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


madmonk



Joined: 08 May 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 07 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't panic Behemoth he said you were protected

fish (the other one)



Joined: 24 Dec 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 07 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Behemoth wrote:


oops sorry!!!!! bit like seeing bits of granny !!!!!

Leonie



Joined: 13 Sep 2005
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Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 07 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice photos fish

the grain on the back of the larger piece is very nice

fish (the other one)



Joined: 24 Dec 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 07 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the photo's were taken by the most talented and beutifull south african i now! and without her help wouldnt be able to show the detail,eh leonie!

Leonie



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 07 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


chez



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 07 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are lovely. A few years ago I visited Canada and came across a museum of Inuit art in Toronto, that absolutely fascinated me - reminds me of that.

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
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Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 07 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used to have a piece of scrimshaw years ago, it was a little pot with an amazing whaling tale carved on the side in pictures. Ex took it

fish (the other one)



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 07 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ive been after whales tooth for a while,they appear on e-bay now and again,but fetch silly money! theres a hell of a lot of fakes out there.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 07 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

very nice
i worked on antler a bit
natural materials are good

Blacksmith



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 07 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks great, have you tried imitation ivory ? Saw some advertised in a wood turning magazine recently.

fish (the other one)



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 07 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blacksmith wrote:
Looks great, have you tried imitation ivory ? Saw some advertised in a wood turning magazine recently.


ive heard of faux ivory,and i know of an artist who does use it.i think ide rather use something organic than glorified plastic,ime not dissing yer sugestion though.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 07 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One of my uncles did a load of ivory carvings using old billiard balls.

Mart



Joined: 21 May 2006
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Location: SW France
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 07 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fish (the other one) wrote:
Blacksmith wrote:
Looks great, have you tried imitation ivory ? Saw some advertised in a wood turning magazine recently.


ive heard of faux ivory,and i know of an artist who does use it.i think ide rather use something organic than glorified plastic,ime not dissing yer sugestion though.


One vegetable based alternative is the Tagua Nut.

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