ok… im not your average joe… i have weird hobbies, but as a traditional artist, i always want to figure out how to use new tools. I carve ostrich egg shells with a dental drill, but cant fit them under the laser. and ive done a lot of traditional scrimshaw… and had seen some postings in here of scrimshaw attempts.
messing around with a LOT of slate, and playing with depths to cut into draftboard and maple, i figured i could experiment with bone. i started with camelbone… cut and drilled (traditionally) to the size/shape of a grip for a smaller 1911. holy crap. after what i thought was horrendous burning/scorching over the surface, it “scrubbed off” (with a lot of elbow grease) to be something with a LOT of promise… it saves more than 95% of the carving process if i had to do this by hand!
and just a quick ink wash… and i’m all… “wow!”
now just gotta go back in with traditional tools and clean up, dig a little deeper, sand the tops and bottoms to accept a solid black coating… and i’d call it done!
ok… im horribly impatient and just did a quick ink again to see what it might look like… now i gotta figure out what to put on the other grip!
This came out just gorgeous! Glad you persisted and got some great results. Is there a reason you can’t use masking?
Gorgeous is the word all right! (That’s making me want to try engraving on bone next.)
masking as in an etching resist (like wax?) or masking like the adhesive paper to prevent flashback?
your stuff’s always awesome!
gotcha… well… i didnt use it because i wasnt going for a photographic representation that would be ruined by flashback/soot, but instead for more of a “3D engrave” - trying to “dig” as much into the material as i could to give depth and a place for the india ink to “stick”
those look fantastic. did you create the grips from camel bone yourself or did you start with something already cut/drilled?
i feel like i need to go look at our M&P and think about new grips…
wooooooooow thats saweeeet!
Yes, I see what you mean! hence the necessary scrubbing…
Since we’re in BTM, care to share your settings?
for this burn (camelbone):
700 speed, 80% strength, and 450 lpi cooked it up nicely…
it really “charred” portions, but others (grey areas in design) came out almost blacker than the “charred/ashy” parts… and a bit “bubbly”
i had NO IDEA what i had until i scrubbed the whole thing down with a Mr. Clean magic eraser (pretty much destroying the synthetic sponge)
i would have used something with more grit, but thought that if there were any fine detail in there, i wanted to keep it… and NOT much water, because now the polished camelbone was completely porous and i didn’t want it to split. (because, you know, split happens…)
(i think a great go-to scrub is USUALLY that “orange goop” with pumice and a wet toothbrush (i use to clean wood) - but wood splits when too wet too…)
Those are beautiful, They have to look great mounted! Now I want to make new grips for my 1911. (they won’t be anything near yours but it looks like a fun project).
How about a fairly firm nylon brush? Too rough?
I’ve got a few bone pieces laying around, including a few skulls that I’ve been meaning to get to. This has sparked my interest again.
that might’ve worked… just didnt have one…
toothbrush didnt do much…
the magic eraser and a lot of elbow grease did…
Beautiful work! I didn’t even know engraving camel bone was a thing. Perhaps for the other handle unicorns or a rainbow? Just a thought,
i bought these (blanks) on ebay… but have made others (knife handles) by hand… there’s a pool cue stick components site that has buffalo horn and camelbone that i’ve used in previous knife handles/traditional scrimshaw… https://www.cuecomponents.com/buffalohorn.html - but im sure there are other places too…
um… yeah… this is gonna be very addictive…