- a knife or at very pointy needle. I made my engraving pen out of a screw that got its end filed sharp
- Ox bone or deer antler. You can use Ivory, but with the laws around it today, I wouldn't recommend it
- Ink, in any and all colours you would like :)
ready? then let's begin
Step 1: Sawing and Sanding the Bone
Now you can draw your design onto the bone, or transfer it with parchment paper
I transferred a litte mermaid for my piece
Step 2: Scratching the Image
The closer you scratch, the darker the area will become. You can use that for working shadows in more elaborate works.
Step 3: Ink It!
When you've scratched the image you remove the last pencilmarks and colour the bone with you're chosen colour of ink. If you got a brush, use it and try to keep to the scratched areas. Then you don't have to sand so much and get lesser residue in unwanted areas.
When the ink is dry, sand an polish the bone.
Tadaa, your first finished piece of scrimshaw :) for more elaborate images, just try google it ;)