Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ivory and Fine Silver Tatting Shuttle

Collect and enjoy the elegance of ivory and fine silver! Dave carved this 3 inch drop tatting shuttle from 10,000 year old mammoth ivory, like the chunk pictured in the photo (the large chunk is not for sale).

This piece of ancient ivory is cream colored on one side and darker brown color on the reverse. Dave inlayed it with a filigree disk of fine silver. JoAnna makes these fine silver filigree inlay discs using Precious Metal Clay. She molds the metal clay and then kiln fires it to 1650 degrees. The organic clay binder burns away melting the fine silver particles into 99.9% pure silver. Dave then carved a round recess into the shuttle and inset the silver disc to a near flush level. This shuttle has been initialed and dated by Dave.

This beautiful one-of-a-kind tatting shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay. Please click here if you would like to view this auction and more photos of this shuttle.