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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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thatwillowkid Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm thinking about doing this with a deer jawbone. Do you think it will work? Any tips??:)
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Should work!

Just make sure you seal it well. I did a wolverine skull and that step turned out to be the most important step!
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thatwillowkid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I remember seeing that wolverine skull. So cool!! :)
What did you use to seal it?
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
I use the a non-yellowing poly seal. :)
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thatwillowkid Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Alright! I'll see if I can find myself some lol;P
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an amazing and very helpful tutorial!
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Sixwing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat! Thanks for the clear and concise tutorial. I was wondering how people seal their pieces after the fact...
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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NotaSouthernGirl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done. Thank you.
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow- fantastic work! such a great step by step guide as well!
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are welcome :-)
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georges-dahdouh Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanx for sharing :sun:
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks for liking it!

:)
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claudiocerri Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting!
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you ! :)
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art176 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
superb, won't give you the "I wish I could..."
deserved daily deviation
clap clap
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks you very much :)
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Chrissy-Christine Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
somting im goin recomend to my art teacher....
thankz!!! =D
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank yoU! :)
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Chrissy-Christine Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009   Traditional Artist
your welcome =]
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Lilium-souliei Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting tutorial. Looks interesting and fun. someday i will try it out (:
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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rift-raft Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Wow, that looks really fun! I'll have to try sometime.
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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rift-raft Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
No problem. ^^
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stormbreak Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
thank you so much Ive been trying out scrimshaw for my metals and jewelery class and this helps me out alot and its great because I use riogrande too. You might even know my grandfather's work his name was kenneth boulier he would carve eagle heads out of whale teeth, scrimshaw, and make stone knives
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wonderful!

I'm afraid my circles pretty much run in the small village type....lol

Good luck! :)
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stormbreak Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I just scrimshawed a handle on one of my knifes I'll upload it soon
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
look forward to seeing it :)
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wakiagaru Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Whoa~ thorough and well documented, a great tutorial [if only for interest sake in my case] =D
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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Drugi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
In my opinion this is some kind of well deserved DD. Some handwork combined with Art :+fav:
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Abwettar Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You have nice fingers :)
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EskimoScrybe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Best comment ever!

hahahhaha

especially since they are rather beat up :P
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Abwettar Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lmao gld you likes it :D
Seriously though, nice fingers.
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