Scrimshaw, engraving, scratch art. Call it what you
like. While it is not actualy engraving, since i don't
use typical engravers tools. Most do not consider it
true scrimshaw, since I do not use whale teeth or ivory
for my work. Anyway, its an art form that takes alot of
practice. I have searched the internet to find similar
art as this, but nothing was found. I originaly started
on ivory from old piano keys and old pieces of bone. But
material like these of quality and quantity are far and
few. so i moved to plastics, cheap and plentiful. It
also helps clean the enviroment by recycling plastics
that end up clogging landfills or litering roadsides. I
actually have found plastic mugs and thermos jugs in
ditches along side a road that was perfectly usable for
decoration. (I wouldn't use them for food or drink, but
sitting on a shelf looking cool is ok). (please forgive my typing skills, or lack thereof. i type with one finger and with a broken arm, and it hurts to often to truely care about punctuations right now)
Step 1: Tools of the trade
The tools of the trade. I use a shapened pin, a
"marks-a-lot" black marker, rubbing alcohol, a rag, and
white plastic cups from the "dollar store". some tracing
paper will help but not required.
Step 2: Tools continued
i get white plastic cups, tumblers, glasses (whatever
you want to call them) 4 small or 3 large for a buck.
pretty damn cheap from any view. Other colors will work
but gives a "muddy" or "dirty" look to the image.
the smoother the surface of the cup the better the
results. use cups that are smooth and shiny, do not use
"wrinkle finish, as the ink wont wipe away.
find a picture or drawing that you like and print it to
fit the side of your cup, or trace the design with the
tracing paper. tape the design to the cup using scotch
tape to hold it firmly in place.
take a needle and mount it into an exacto knife handle.
or carfully push it into the end of a piece of wooden
dowel. a metal scribe could also be used.