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Wildflowers necklace vintage ivory scrimshaw on recycled piano key ooak design eco friendly holiday gift for her

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Scrimshaw on a piano key ivory, this pendant features a small summer scene of wild thistle and wildflowers growing in the field with clouds and birds high in the sky. It is full of the look of vintage with some yellowing left on the ivory as well as a few very tiny chips on the bottom edge from its use on the piano. It measures 1 7/8 X 7/8 inches and is accompanied by a 16" sterling silver wheat chain with lobster clasp and a sterling silver bail.

The process: Each piano key must be sanded smooth to remove all the grime and oils and rough surface. After sanding, I sketch out my design with pencil on the ivory and when satisfied, I use a magnifying tool which allows me to see and etch more details in the etching. A very sharp-edged tool is used to scratch the surface of the ivory, enabling the design to take shape. Then I ink in the design, sand again to remove the excess ink, and voila... new life from old. Archival wax is applied to help protect the image and to provide a satiny sheen to the ivory. And finally, a hole is drilled using a very small hand drill and findings are attached.

Each piano key is a little different, and every piece I create from them is original and one-of-a-kind. I try to maintain the vintage appeal in various aspects: by allowing the chips on the edges to become a part of the jewelry; by keeping a bit of the yellowed appearance; by leaving a part of the fabric on the back that once helped to hold the ivory in place over the wooden part of the key. Many of these things are decided by how easily the keys were removed and the amount of sanding that is needed for each piece of ivory.

ALL my scrimshaw designs are ONE OF A KIND. Other scrimshaw artists use the same design over and over, most likely using a transfer process instead of a hand-drawn design. If you are interested in owning something that someone else will never own, you have come to the right place at KneeDeepOriginals. This design will never be used for another pendant or bookmark.

As with any jewelry, do not wear this necklace while you bathe or swim as exposure to water may damage the etching and the ivory.

This necklace will be lovingly and very carefully carefully packed in a gift box or organza bag, tied with a pretty ribbon, and sealed safely inside a bubble-wrap envelope to ensure safe delivery to your door. Shipping within the continental U.S. includes insurance. Other areas, please convo me if you'd like insurance added to your purchase.

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Here's some feedback I received from a couple of my scrimshaw sales:
"It's not often that my eyes fall on a piece of jewelry I just have to have, but when I saw these piano-key pieces in your shop, I so dearly wanted one--and now I have it! Thank you sooo much for a piece of what for me is much more than jewelry--it's a nostalgic and emotional artpiece which I can wear, and the beauty of scrimshaw on ivory--a piano key, is breathtaking! Incomparable grace! Thank you!"

"This little bookmark is a precious work of art, bought as a gift for my daughter who will be just thrilled to receive it, I'm sure. It is so much more beautiful than the photos show. It arrived in a pretty little cloth bag, wrapped and packed with great care. Rebecca is a wonderful artist and Seller ~ just as *nice* as can be ~ Thank you so much!"

"When I saw that Rebecca was making these Glorious Bookmarks I commissioned her to create this one as a gift for a dear friend. I have a one of Rebecca's scrimshaw pendants with a similar image which my friend had seen and loved and now she has a Beautiful Bookmark made just for her that she LOVES!! I cannot recommend Rebecca's work highly enough: she is a wonderful person, a gracious and conscientious seller and an incredible Artist!! I will be back for more......Thank You Rebecca! :)"

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I am happy to create a custom painting for you. Simply contact me with your interests and needs, and we can get started on a piece that will be perfect for you and your home or for a gift.
All of my art is carefully and lovingly packaged to keep it safe while it travels to you. I also work hard to prepare a package that you will be delighted to receive and open. If you purchase something to give as a gift and would like it gift-wrapped, simply let me know and I will be sure to make it extra special and to include a gift tag and note.
My acrylic paintings are finished with at least two coats of varnish to protect the artwork from harmful UV rays, dust and dirt. All you need to do is gently wipe them from time to time with a dry, soft cloth. My unframed watercolors are sealed inside clear, archival pouches upon completion and adequate dry time. They are shipped to you this way. I recommend acid-free mats and glare-free glass when you mat and frame them. If I have framed them already, you can rest assured that they are given the ultimate care in mat and frame choice.
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Wildflowers necklace vintage ivory scrimshaw on recycled piano key ooak design eco friendly holiday gift for her


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: piano key ivory, ink, etching tools, sandpaper, sterling silver bail, clasp, and chain
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 165 reviews
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