Commission, Jewelry
scrimshaw fossilized walrus snake carving on pendent custom jewelry by rachel santel

“King Cobra”

Inspiration & Technique

Scrimshaw is a very old art form. Sailors and Seaman were often noted wearing them or carrying them as amulets. I begin with an idea or a commissioned idea. I draw it lightly on the fossilized walrus ivory (which I order from Alaska) then I use a very fine scrimshaw carving tool to incise lines into the walrus ivory. I then apply black ink into the lines and wipe off the rest. I may do this several times to get the detail I’m looking for. I then apply a top coat to seal it in and a ring and silver plated necklace.

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