Snake pendant tusk, hand-shaped tusk from mammoth ivory, set in sterling silver with a scrimshawed snake up the tusk. Will still be scrimshawing snakes but I will be starting on this years Chinese zodiac symbol — Year of the Horse. Year of the Horse symbolizes strength and energy. Excited to start on creating some of these beautiful creatures. Tusk is currently available at LTH Studio.
14kt gold with black diamond and hand-carved puffy hearts. These came out really beautiful, started to scrimshaw the helios star on the hearts, but ended up not liking it and had to sand and re-polish the hearts in the end they didn’t need anything else. Currently available at LTH Studio (see store listings for phone number).
“Bees do have a smell, you know,and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
Decided on one of the insects that I wanted to do for the group show that I’m working on with two other people. The shows’ working title for now is Altered Landscape, it consists of three artists working in three different medias creating a total environment that one would walk thru, taking in all that surrounds them.
The Bee Ring: working with the concept of a honey bee getting nectar from a daisy. Here are some of my beginning sketches of the top view and profile views. Still trying to decide what the bee will be made out of, but the daisy will be mammoth ivory carved and scrimshawed probably set with some diamonds on the flower center.
Quite a project, will keep you posted on the progress of the Bee Ring.
The making of puffy hearts, decided to show my process. Showing the raw portions of the woolly mammoth tusks—the shape decides what it will be. Cutting some thick slices looking at the direction of the grain deciding they will be nice hearts. Wanted them thick and puffy some with a little curve to the tip. Hand shaping the curve to the hearts and then taking them to a high polish. The next step is deciding what to scrimshaw, working out the designs now. Created about eight in total at the same time, most will be pendants but there is a pair (a little smaller) those will be earrings. More to come on these items soon. Got a little behind on jewelry due to a new puppy boss.
Lately, I have been thinking about stacking rings, have made the basics before but wanted to do something different this time. With the scrimshaw can do sets of animals. This is the first in a series the Sea Turtle, scrimshawed on mammoth ivory set in sterling silver. Sits high enough on band that additional rings will fit under it. More rings to come for this set.
Skeleton Scrimshawed on Mammoth Ivory
Diamond Cap Blue Tipped Mammoth Ivory Tusk
A Custom Order Ring or Rings
A set of five stacking rings each with a meaning;
The LOVE RING
This ring is the reminder of young love—like you carving your love for that person into a the trunk of a tree.
The SKINNY-HAMMERED RING
This ring is hammered exactly twenty-five times representing the years together to date.
The CORE RING
This center ring has a white diamond, representing the persons sparkle, it is partnered with a sapphire the persons birthstone.
The SKINNY-HAMMERED RING
This ring is hammered exactly twenty-five times representing the next 25 years together.
The ROSE THORN RING
Represents all sides of love—the good and the difficult.