SCRIMSHAW FINDINGS AND SUPPLIES
|"Findings" is the word for the components that go with a gemstone (i.e., our ivory ovals) to make a finished/wearable jewelry piece. A "bezel" is the rim that goes around the ivory. A "cabochon" is a shaped (oval, etc.) "stone" (ivory in our case) with a domed top (ours are slightly domed). A "blank" is a flat topped shaped "stone." Beginning scrimshaw artists (scrimshanders) usually start with blanks because the flat surface is easier to work on than the slightly domed, but we recommend using cabochons as soon as possible. Cabochons are slightly more expensive due to extra ivory thickness, but always look nicer in the findings. We have included other items in this section to go with our ivory cabochons and blanks. All of the cabochons and blanks are available in elephant ivory and most (except the largest sizes) are available in fossil walrus ivory or mammoth ivory.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices shown are for elephant ivory; the fossil ivories are more expensive. Walrus ivory does have a core that usually shows up on most cabs and blanks. This core is not really porous but does not present the smooth "clear" surface like elephant or mammoth ivory.
Mammoth ivory can be chalky which allows it to absorb ink, giving it a dirty appearance. We of course attempt to cull out the chalky ivory. If you get a cab or blank that "sucks ink," please return it for a replacement and accept our apology. Elephant ivory is the easiest ivory to work on with the least likelihood of hidden flaws. All of the elephant ivory we use is "estate ivory," is generally decades old, and was all legally imported.
SF00 BAILS for hanging the neck chain from the eye screw. Available in small (5.5mm) for the tiny cabs like 14 x 10 or larger (7mm) for larger pieces. Most of our findings come with bails. Either size, gold filled or sterling silver - .95 cents ea.
SF01 BAILS-WINGED Pendant or rabbit ear. Screw peg with two loops above coming out at angles like rabbit ears, these really look good. (B) 14kt. - $3.50.
BB02 EBONY & IVORY gold plated buckle back - $19.50, domed - $20.50.
BB03 ROUNDED RECTANGULAR ivory overlaid on ebony buckle with gold plated back - $39.00.
BB04 INLAY BUCKLE solid brass, with a 75mm x 51mm ivory insert. The corners of this buckle are inlaid with white or black polymer - $39.00, domed - $42.00.
BB05 GOLD PLATED BUCKLE BACK with brass screws is 24kt gold plated, won't rust or tarnish, stays looking great. Just what you need for attaching to the backs of antler crowns, ivory, wood or stone shapes to make buckles, use screws (included) and glue. For up to a 1-3/4" belt, much nicer than brass or steel - $3.00 ea., 20 - $2.50 ea.
BB07 2" x 3" ivory overlaid on ebony buckle with brass plated back - $40.00
BB09 we found a few of these very popular old 2" x 3" brass insert/inlay buckles with a narrow brass rim, they hold a 75mm x 51mm oval ivory insert. With flat ivory - $42.00, or with domed ivory - $45.00 only available until these are gone!
BB11 SMALL OVAL wide rim polished brass dress buckle with 43mm x 30mm flat ivory, very popular - $21.00, with domed ivory - $23.00. Polished brass buckle without ivory - $8.00.
SF05 BOLO BEZEL
SF06 BOLO BEZEL-THUNDERBIRD Gold or silver Indian bird design with decorative engraving, beaded bezel takes 18mm x 13mm oval - $3.00, with flat ivory - $5.00, with domed ivory - $5.50.
SF12 BOLO SLIDE 1/2" diam. gold or silver disc glues on back of ivory, with spring grips for cord - 75¢ ea.,
SF13 BOLO SLIDE The best available. Push button spring type always grips tight, won't fray your cords. Can be glued, screwed or soldered in place. Nickel or brass - 75¢ ea., 10 - $5.00.
SF19 BONE EARRINGS Polished white bone, very nice for scrimshawing, complete with silver eye screws & stainless steel earring hooks.
SF29 EARRING BACKS CLIP-ON with pad for adhering flat ivory or stones, these are the good ones with screw backs.
SF30 EARRINGS "Contemporary Look" has hammered surface, takes a 14mm x 10mm and comes antique gold or silver plated, post or clip on. With ivory, priced at just - $7.50 per pr.
SF31 EARRINGS "GRECIAN" A favorite, takes an 18mm x 13mm ivory, comes antique gold or silver plated, post or clip-on. With flat ivory - $10.00, with domed - $11.00.
SF32 EARRING MOUNTS-FRENCH HOOK Premium quality American made shepherd hook with accent ball. You will need an eye screw or jump ring to complete the connection to the earrings.
SF34 EARRING MOUNTS-POST 5mm flat pad with peg. Drill the back of the ivory piece so the peg fits into it and acts as a glued anchor for extra holding power. Excellent quality, complete with sliding nuts.
SF36 ELEPHANT IVORY BARK Beautiful bark ivory piece with sanded and polished window for scrim, framed with natural bark border. Prices & sizes approx.
SF37 EYE SCREW SOLID SKIRTED Tiny screw with a round loop on top of the skirt, for putting in the tops of pendants. Comes with a sterling or gold filled bail for a neck chain to run through. Gold or Silver plate-75¢ ea.
SF38 EYE SCREW PLAIN Simply a screw with an eyelet on top. Best for earrings and small pendants, complete with bail.
SF39 JUMP RINGS GOLD-PLATED for putting in ivory pendants and stringing the necklace through, large size - 5¢.
SF41 LETTER OPENER BLADES 4-1/4" long blade is available with gold or nickel silver plate and each comes with a matching shoulder. Just drill a hole in your handle for the 1" long tang, insert and glue - $2.75 each, 10 - $25.00
SF42.5 LETTER OPENER-IVORY TUSK handle is approx. 4.5" with 1" rosewood "hilt." Polished 1 side for scrim. or display, 4.5" solid brass blade comes gold or nickel plated. Nice-$27.50.
SF44.7 MONEY CLIP WITH BLADES (knife & file) polished steel 1" x 2" with ivory overlay on top, ready for scrimshaw-$18.00.
SF46 NECK CHAINS CABLE LINK 18" long gold plated or silver plated nice quality brass chains (heavier and nicer than steel or aluminum), with spring ring clasp-75¢ ea.
SF54 PEARL DROP eye screw with a bail mounted on top ("foil" loop) and a "foil" skirt to crimp down on the edge of the pendant.
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SF55 IVORY PENDANTS WITH GOLD FILLED & STERLING SILVER RIMS We take our domed ivory cabachons, put a slight bevel around the back edge and set them in 14 karat gold filled or sterling silver cinch mounts that securely hold the ivory and look great. Complete with a gold filled or sterling bail; just add scrimshaw and the cord or chain. Also available with mammoth ivory and mammoth bark cabachons at a slightly higher price.
SF65 PIANO KEYS Antique ivory, perfect for practice, jewelry, book marks, inlay or scrimshaw & frame.
SF68 RING-PLATED non-adjustable, takes 18mm x 13mm oval, gold or silver plate, sizes sm., md., lg.-$2.50 ea.
SF69 RING-ELEGANT PRONGED STYLE, non adjustable, takes 18mm x 13mm ivory, sm., md., lg. Sterling-$6, G.F.-$8.75
SF72 RING-STERLING serrated bezel with twisted wire trim, non adjustable, takes 14mm x 10mm oval. A beautiful ring-$7.50.
SF74 SPRING RINGS for closing the ends of necklaces, sterling silver or gold filled-50¢ ea.
SF75 STICK PINS plain gold or silver plate with 7mm pad for gluing the ivory on. With clutch-75¢ ea.,10 @ 50¢ ea.
SF76 STICK PINS-TWIST Rope bezel trim, these take 18mm x 13mm, silver plate. With flat ivory-$5.50, domed-$6.
SF77 TIE TACS Braided wire around a serrated bezel, rhodium silver plate, with 18mm x 13mm ivory cabachon, ready for scrimshaw. With flat ivory-$5, domed (shown above)-$6.
SS01 BLACK GUMMY ADHESIVE A gum-like adhesive that never hardens. This is what we use to hold the ivory in our brass belt buckles. It never fails and if you want to remove the ivory, slow prying will raise it up. Free with buckle orders but if you need more-20 cents per inch, 12"-$2.
SS02 DRILL BITS These fit our scrimshaw tool (pin vise) and are what you need for drilling holes in ivory for earrings, eye screws, and jump rings. Size #55 drill bit-$1.75.
SS03 EXACTO BLADES #11 The triangular pointed ones, used by many scrimshaw artist. Fits our scrimshaw tool #SS09. 5-$3.00.
SS05.2 INKS DOCTOR MARTIN'S "BOMBAY" NEW more saturated color & cheaper. Red, blue, yellow, green, brown, magenta, white & black one oz. bottles (if you just need black this is what you want)-$4.50 ea.
SS05.4 INKS DOCTOR MARTIN'S "SPECTROLITE" NEW Liquid acrylic voted the best here, thick and rich colors! True Blue, violet, yellow, ruby, grass, white, black, orange. $4.50 per oz. bottle.
SS06-A TELESIGHT The absolute key to obtaining fine detailed work. A precision headband magnifier that leaves both hands free and allows 3-dimensional vision. Can be used with eyeglasses, is incredibly comfortable and leaves every other magnifier in the dust. (2.75 power) Try one, you'll wonder how you managed without one - We have never gotten one back!-$18.
SS07 SCRIMSHAW KIT Learn the fascinating art of scrimshaw even if you can't draw! Kit includes steel tipped tool, India ink, plastic practice pieces, pre-polished ivory practice piece, ivory pendant & chain, special pencil for drawing on polished ivory surface and instructions. The finest kit available, it has more real ivory than any other kit (some have no ivory, all are higher priced), priced at just - $15.00 each, 2 for-$25.00 Dealers/scrimshanders discount for 10 or more. Kits going to foreign countries will contain ancient mammoth ivory. This kit will give you the basics, if you want more than basics we recommend getting a good book too. We offer a number of good books on scrimshaw, our favorite is SCRIMSHAW TECHNIQUES (click here) by Jim Stevens for $29.95, if that is more than you want to spend then we have several others for $14.95 that are nearly as good. To see our other scrimshaw books (click here). You can also go to your local library and see what they have or can get for you (through an inter-library loan). The kit comes with a basic tool (wood dowel with steel needle), we sell a professional quality tool regularly priced at $7.00 that we will include in the kit for an additional $5.00
WANT FREE SCRIMSHAW PATTERNS? An incredible free source of potential scrimshaw patterns is Googling on the internet. For instance if you want an eagle head you would Google eagle head drawing, eagle head image, eagle head clip art, eagle head pattern, eagle head painting, eagle head photo , etc., etc. Each of those search terms will bring up a few different images on the page. On that page in the upper left beneath the colorful word GOOGLE you will see the word "images" just beneath the word "everything" . Click on "images" and you will find pages of thumbnail images, pick one you like, click on it and when after it opens up look on the upper right side of the page where it says SEE FULL SIZE IMAGE. Click on that and now you can print that or drag it onto your desk top to manipulate the size in Photo Shop. You can also Google scrimshaw designs, scrimshaw patterns, scrimshaw eagles, or how to draw an eagle (or ship, rose or mermaid)and get free tutorials. Isn't the internet wonderful!.
SS08 SCRIMSHAW PENCILS It's nearly impossible to draw a design on polished ivoryyou'll need one of these ALL SURFACE pencils, they have magical properties-$2.50 each.
SS09 SCRIMSHAW TOOL-ADJUSTABLE PIN & BLADE VISE Looks like an aluminum pen but has a 2" steel tip that can be easily sharpened with a whetstone or fine sandpaper and stores inside the handle for safe carrying. This tool will also hold a #11 Exacto blade, which can be used for scrimshaw, carving, trimming photos, etc. An excellent tool used by many fine scrimshanders, with steel tip-$6. Or get the tool with steel tip and 1 Exacto blade for just - $7.00
SS10 SCRIMSHAW "STORY" CARDS declare "GENUINE SCRIMSHAW" & tell the history, explain the origin of fossil ivory & tell how to care for ivory/scrimshaw. Handsomely illustrated on one side with Alaskan scene and a whaling scene on the other. Very attractive, give one away with each sale (our name is not on them). New reduced size, takes less case space. 10 - $4.00, 50 - $15.00, 100 - $25.00
SS11 SCRIMSHAW PRACTICE MATERIAL 1/8" thick x 3" x 6" sheet of white plastic with glassy smooth surface is perfect for practicing on. Surface is protected with a peel-off paper cover, only $2.00 each; get a couple.
SS14.5 CUTLER'S & CARVER'S GLUE Better & cheaper than ZAP A GAP, magic on ivory cracks and porous bone. Just squirt, wipe and sand with medium paper and repeat. The dust goes into the crack/pores and instantly hardens. Repeat to fill the crack/pores, buffing will result in a hard glassy finish. Will turn a sponge into carving or handle material, repairs and prevents cracks. 1/2 oz-$3, 1 oz-$4, 2 oz-$8, 16 oz-$48!
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