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.

you musta done time. haha
Love the skull with the mouth open ! Nice!
 beautiful man.just plain beautiful
Echo tha paperclip32 echo that too the max. Kudos to Bishop-Jarney, will be doing this asap.
 just added the final pics. hope you all like them....
For a similar art form, Google 'Kolrosing&quot;<br>Nice work on the mugs, by the way.
It looks great! My husband has some scrimshawed items, and I've always wanted to try out the technique. This gives me a chance to play with it. Thank you!
&nbsp;Is the ink safe to use on drinking utensils?
&nbsp;Yes. the&nbsp;permanent ink is safe, its on the outside of the cup. i don't&nbsp;recommend licking the outside of the cup, but it is most likely cleaner than most peoples hands.&nbsp;&nbsp;
i love prison art
i love the art work on your cups, where did you get the pics for your designs?<br />
&nbsp;surfing the internet. i am always looking for cool pictures that might give me a challenge trying to etch. mostly i take requests from people i know. these make great gifts. the cup with the 4 dragons on it, was sold for $30.00 to a neighbor, after only a description of it, sight unseen. i hope to have it finished sometime tomorrow evening. pics of almost anything you like can be used. pick a subject, then do a google search for images, you will find something useful. good luck....
Really cool.<br /> <br /> How well do they hold up?&nbsp; Would they be usable in any way(as a mug) or are they purely decorative?<br /> I imagine the ink would fade out pretty quickly if you were to use and wash them regularly.<br /> Have you ever tried to cover them with a clear coat to seal the ink in?<br /> <br /> I really like the look of them and would love to try to make one. I think it'd be awesome if it was fully functional. I'm just wondering if you, or anyone else, has any ideas on how to make them more durable.<br />
&nbsp;its permanent ink it sometimes fades a little, but even regular use for soda and juice then through the dish washer, they still last. ive got a couple from 7 years ago that still seem fine. if it fades, just re-ink it..... hope this helps.
&nbsp;I added 4 new pics under step 9. I hope you like them....<br /> <br /> &nbsp;and thank you for your wonderful comments... ;)<br />
Whoa! Those are so cool!<br />
that's pretty spectacular.... i love scrimshaw (the carving and the beer)...it's a shame that most people claim it's not scrimshaw unless it's on a whale's tooth...i guess that's technically right but it's still the style that matters to me<br /> <br /> my grandfather got me a &quot;craft knife set&quot; (can't call it exacto because it's not by them...and the quality is pretty low)...and it's got 3 or 4 handles with interchangable ends...and it's got 3 &quot;pokey jobs&quot; that would work pretty well for this...might have to give it a shot
Wow, those are excellent!<br />

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Bio: I'm a single full time Custom Knife Maker. I am the owner and operator of Dark-Wolfe Knives.
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