Smooth white and tan ovals of "fossil" walrus ivory feature a hand-etched riot of wildflowers in black ink
The ovals measure approximately 1" long and hang on Sterling Silver ear wires
The technique I use here is an ancient, almost lost art, called Scrimshaw
Fossil ivory refers to ivory that has been in the earth for hundreds or thousands of years. The ivory has not quite turned into rock, but minerals have seeped into the ivory over the years, imparting unique colors and visual textures. The ivory remains lightweight and sculptable, but gains fantastic browns, corals, tans-- even blues and greens!
Fossil ivory, known also as "ancient ivory," comes from several different animals. I use woolly mammoth and walrus ivory.