"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. 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.

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 each.
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

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 (B) Solid brass bolo back with wide rim - $6.00 with domed ivory - $17.00

SF06 BOLO BEZEL-THUNDERBIRD with 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 cents each or 10 for $5.00

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 cents each or 10 for $5.00

SF19 BONE EARRINGS - Polished white bone, very nice for scrimshawing, complete with silver eye screws & stainless steel earring hooks.
(A) HEARTS Elongated 20mm x 30mm - $3.50 per pair.
(C) HOOPS 33mm with 12mm hole towards top, a favorite - $4.00 per pair.

SF29 EARRING BACKS CLIP-ON with pad for adhering flat ivory or stones, these are the good ones with screw backs.
(A) Gold or silver plate - $2.00 per pair.
(B) Gold filled or Sterling silver - $6.00 per pair.
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.
(B) 14kt. gold filled - $4.95 per pair.
(C) Sterling silver (available with great looking black accent ball too) - $4.50 per pair.
(D) Stainless steel - .25 cents per pair or 20 pair for $2.00

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.
(A) 14kt. gold - $9.00 per pr.
(D) Stainless Steel with comfort backs - .35 cents per pair or 10 or more pair .25 cents each.

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 cents each.

Simply a screw with an eyelet on top. Best for earrings and small pendants, complete with bail.
(A) Gold filled - $2.00 each.
(B) 14kt. Gold $4.00, 10 - $3.50

For putting in ivory pendants and stringing the necklace through, large size - .05 cents each.

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 cents each.

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.
(A) Gold Filled or Sterling Silver - $1.50 each, 10 or more $1.25 each.
(B)14kt. gold - $3.50

F55 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.
(A) 18mm x 13mm Ivory Teardrop with Sterling Silver - $15.25
In 14 karat Gold Filled - $17.25 In 14 karat Gold - $95.00
(B) 25mm x 18mm Ivory Teardrop with Sterling Silver - $19.00 In 14 karat Gold Filled - $21.00 In 14 karat Gold - $135.00
(E) 18mm x 13mm Ivory Oval with Sterling Silver - $15.25
In 14 karat Gold Filled - $17.25 In 14 karat Gold - $95.00

Non-adjustable, takes 18mm x 13mm oval, gold or silver plate - $2.50 ea.

Non-adjustable, takes 18mm x 13mm ivory, sm., md., lg. Sterling - $6.00, G.F.-$8.75

Serrated bezel with twisted wire trim, non adjustable, takes 14mm x 10mm oval. A beautiful ring-$7.50.

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.

Rope bezel trim, these take 18mm x 13mm, silver plate. With flat ivory-$5.50, domed-$6.

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.

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.

The triangular pointed ones, used by many scrimshaw artist. Fits our scrimshaw tool #SS09. 5-$3.00.

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.
(B) BOMBAY SAMPLE INK KIT has small (5/8 dram) glass vials of each color-$10.

Liquid acrylic voted the best here, thick and rich colors! True Blue, violet, yellow, ruby, grass, white, black, orange. $4.50 per oz. bottle. (B) SPECTROLITE SAMPLE INK KIT has small (5/8 dram) glass vials of each color-$12.

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 - (SORRY we are not currently making scrimshaw kits!).
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 ivory—you'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 - $6.00 Or get the tool with steel tip and 1 Exacto blade for just - $7.00
(B) Replacement tips 5 - $2.50
(C) Exacto blades #11 are just 5 - $3.00
(D) Arkansas whetstone It is important to keep your scrimshaw tool sharp and a whetstone is the best way. These are 1/4" thick x 1" wide x 3" long and come with instructions to keep your scrimshaw tool and knife blades sharp, only - $4.00 Same but comes in a nice top grain leather pocket pouch for only a buck more - $5.00

SS10 SCRIMSHAW "STORY" CARDS declare "GENUINE SCRIMSHAW" and 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 - $3.00, 1 oz - $4.00, 2 oz - $8.00, 16 oz - $48.00!


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