July 30--Happy Anniversary, Hittygirls!--14 Years of Fun!

Join Hitty in our “Faux Ivory” challenge

Post 2 or 3 photos of your creation(s) from different angles in the specified photo album, including your name 
and Scrimshaw in the subject line. Please include Hitty in at least one of the photos to show scale.

Deadline: July 26, 2015

Have fun!

Susan K and the Huron County Hittys

If you do NOT put your name on the photo in the yahoogroups site, 
I can NOT label it here.

The easiest way to include your name
is to rename your photo with your name
before uploading it to yahoo.

All photos will be added to our www.hittygirls.com website at a later date.

July 30, 2001 Hittygirls was started.

 So--what shall we do to celebrate?

It's our 14th year...so let’s do something related to the traditional gift, which was ivory, but since endangered elephant populations make this an unethical choice, it is now Animals.

In honour of Hitty and her first 100 years, the Huron County Hittys propose a “Faux Ivory” challenge.

Let’s make something for Hitty using Faux Ivory, or perhaps make a pendant or pin or wishing stone for ourselves using Hitty as a subject.  You may also wish to dress your Hittys in elephant, walrus, or whale print dresses,
or perhaps ivory coloured dresses for their photo, to mark the occasion and stay in theme but this is entirely optional.

The technique we will use is Scrimshaw. Whalebone and whale teeth, and walrus tusks were all used for scrimshaw. We could use tagua nut or deer antler or bone, or recycled piano ivory keys, but for most of us, I am suggesting polymer clay….  

Remember Hitty’s footstool? When she was on the whaling ship, one of the sailors carved Hitty a bone footstool. We don’t know what it actually looked like, so we can use our imaginations, as long as it is in Hitty scale. Kjerstin suggested using a wooden footstool and inlaying a slab of scrimshaw on the top. I have seen a craftsman carve lovely 3-piece footstools entirely out of bone.

Perhaps Hitty would like a faux ivory hand mirror? Inlay the top of a small box or trunk? Jewellery? Picture frame?   Do you have other suggestions?

Here are a few tutorials that you may find helpful:








Let’s have fun celebrating Hittygirls’ 14th Anniversary, and experiment with a new skill at the same time!