Ostrich shell test piece

Just playing around here. I wanted to see how well ostrich shell (which I have several pieces of broken shell) would engrave. I dipped the cleaned shell in some royal blue Pysanky shell dye, then after it dried I engraved it in my Aura. The image was inverted so the engraved parts would be pale and unengraved portions would stay blue. I was very pleased by the result. In an additional plus, the kitty’s eyes are blue.

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Wow. That is cool

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I would not have guessed that you would get such detail with this material and machine. Fantastic!

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That is super cool! What a great idea to dye the shell first.

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That is a beautiful test piece. Great choice on the blue dye.

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Absolutely amazing!!! Love the blue eyes.

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Engraving on unexpected materials is my favorite kind of thing :slight_smile:

So very cool!

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That is beautiful! Well done.

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Its really nice that the shell would engrave so nicely. Very cool idea.

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Without reading your description, my first thought was, “This is such a cool tie.” Then I read your description, and I thought the same. It’s such a cool shell, and I immediately noticed the eyes. How great that is.

I love this “test piece” as you call it, but I find such wonder in your artistry. It’s beautiful.

Regards,

Michael

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Great engraving technique on a shell. I really like the design.

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This turned out amazing!

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Absolutely gorgeous. That the shadows under the cat are blue tones really makes it look good!

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Wow, those kitty eyes are really something! Definitely gives this piece personality. You did a fantastic job. I never think about engraving on other materials like that. I still have some rocks I picked up on a trip to KY that I still haven’t engraved on! And that trip was months ago!

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What an eggcellent result :rofl:

Looks so good. Great job

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Ostrich shell is pretty unusual. Nice results!!! :clap:

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Wow! What marvelous results!

P.S. I love your ring!

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Beautiful! I’m so proud of you for trying something new (and sharing it)!

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Seriously stunning! The detail is incredible, the blue eyes are perfection and the use of a unique material is inspired. Really love it

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What a great idea! This is quite inspiring, thanks for sharing!:heart:

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