Friday, March 28, 2008

Scrimshaw done!

Woo hoo! I'm really really happy with this piece, but holy smokes it took a lot longer than I figured with all the detail and all that dark area. Definitely going to be in the upper end of the price range! :-0

Nude #2
scrimshaw on pre-ban elephant ivory (piano key)
7/8" by 1.5"
for sale, price to be determined, will go on ebay once the ink is dry

In other news, what's with all the things needing fixing lately?! Yeesh, I already said I'm not mechanically inclined but today I had to mess around with the incubator wiring... again. You may recall this happened two years ago, it just stopped producing heat. So I re-stripped and re-connected some wires and that seemed to do the trick. Happened last year, jiggled it around, all better... I plugged it in yesterday and it heated right up but when I checked it today it was room temperature. ARG!!!! I checked all the wiring and the connections still looked clean but I went ahead and removed the old wafer thermostat (since I don't even use it as backup anymore, there's not even a wafer in it) and cut those wires and just connected them together. So, something I did evidently worked, because when I plugged it in it worked again. I'd like to think it was the old thermostat shorting out or something. I have no idea, but that makes me sound like I know what I'm talking about. :-)

It's been raining tonight. That's good, it's way too dry out there.


Anonymous said...

It looks really, really good!

Anonymous said...

When you sketch in pencil first, do you do that through the microscope too? -BM

Katherine Plumer said...

CS- thanks!

BM- no, the sketch is normal size, usually about a half sheet of paper. Then I scan it, shrink it down, print it out, and transfer that image to the ivory.