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Scrimshaw Tutorial by EskimoScrybe Scrimshaw Tutorial by EskimoScrybe
I have combined both tuts so they are now one big one!

Enjoy!


Where did I get my ivory and baleen? read: [link]

A big warm huggle and thanks to 'Kitten-of-Woe and ^znow-white for the DD! When I got home from vacation it was the best gift ever! Thanks to all who favorite and comment.

DA LOVE to you ALL! :)
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Scrimshaw Tutorial by ~EskimoScrybe is a wonderful tutorial that explains the techniques needed to create this native art of engraving designs onto hardened materials.This craft that was once commonly used by whalers is still in use today by native Alaskan Indians that utilize materials acquired from the game they fish and hunt.EskimoScrybe is a Inupiaq Eskimo of the Tikigaqmiut, from the far north of Alaska within the Arctic Circle.Her gallery well worth a visit to see more of these native crafts. Thank you for sharing! ( Suggested by Kitten-of-Woe and Featured by znow-white )
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KateCollett Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hello! This was a *brilliant* tutorial, but I'm wondering about how to clean bone before using it. I recently received a cow skull and a coyote skull, and I'd love to create a scrimshaw design on them. However, they're both a little dirty and the coyote skull has some... bits on it. They look a little old and dried on. 

I've read that you can boil/bleach the bones, but I'm afraid that may weaken or discolor them. How would you recommend cleaning skulls/bones for scrimshaw?
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
There are a few way to clean the bones. We boil them....more like simmer them....till all the gunk and stuff comes off.  The boiling also cleans and disinfects the skull in all the nooks and crannies. And then we let them sit in some hydrogen peroxide to make sure all of the organic material is gone.  If you do not thoroughly clean the skull you can grow some nasty and dangerous things in it, molds and bacterial colonies. It will also make the skull more attractive to other predator animals. We had a few dogs find a couple of uncleaned skulls and eat them.....which is pretty disturbing!  If you are afraid of boiling them you can purchase taxidermy kits that come with a chemical cleaner type of deal.  You can find them at any taxidermy or sportsman hunting store.  The process usually lightens the color of the skull, if you want  darker color you can stain it in a tea or coffee solution for short periods of time till yo get the color you like.  Be prepared to glue back a few teeth as they will come loose. 

Hope this helps!
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KateCollett Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
That is super helpful, thank you!!!!

I read from someone online that boiling would make the skull look yellowed and greasy, but your instructions make sense to me. I definitely want to disinfect them as much as possible before using them as art pieces! If necessary there are hunting stores close by so I can try that route if I have any trouble with the boiling/hydrogen peroxide method. I may not have a pot big enough for the cow skull, come to think of it. Maybe I will try different methods on each and compare.

Thanks again :)
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aperkins01096 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oops - almost forgot - for sealing the piece - at least with the ivory, be sure the pigment is completely dry (couple of days if it's ink, several weeks if you're using oil paint), you can use "Renaissance Wax" available from Amazon. A little container will last years and makes a beautiful resilient finish.
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aperkins01096 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nicely done! Thanks for sharing the tutorial on both materials. Love the look of "reverse scrimshaw" (black background, white pigment).
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank yoU!
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InYuJi Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think I want to try this out when I teach. Would be an awesome thing to do with high school-level.
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
It works great for middleschool-highschool level art classes. I had good success with it at around the 8th grade and up level.
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paulmellor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Brilliant :) I have tried on bone before and like you said it was very porous and had sunken blotches .So i need to find more compact bone :)
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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