Mary W. Bailey

By on June 21, 2010
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For more than 20 years, Mary has been continually learning and expanding on her knowledge of the art of scrimshaw. As a ‘scrimshander’ she is continually seeking new ideas and techniques to enhance what she creates on her hand etched cabochons. It was such a need that led Mary to find and contact Dale with regard to expanding her basic wire artistry skills, taking them to a higher level to compliment her scrimshaw creations.

Mary’s scrimshaw work has been published in such magazines as Knives Illustrated, Blade Magazine, Wire Jewelry Artist, and Colored Stone. She has taken awards for her scrimshaw work at custom knife shows and at Dragon-Con.

Mary resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Joseph, a custom knife maker and rock hound. Together they share a love of gems, minerals and lapidary (both being members of the Mid-Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society club). Because of their different artistic crafts, their interests blend in many ways.

From that first contact with Dale (over 10 years ago) has grown a bond between two creative women that has remained strong to this day. “Dale and I seem to balance each other in so many ways. We use each other as sounding boards for ideas and designs. She is my teacher as well as my friend.”


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    Teri Brown

    October 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Mary: Just saw the little video on using a painter’s pallet (sp.?) If I can’t get a full one like the one in the video, where can i write to have one sent. i don’t mind paying for one. Thanks. Teri

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    October 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Gee I am so sorry I didn’t see your reply. Most paint stores have fan decks you can buy but they are expensive. Your best plan is to shop one of your larger improvement stores and take some of the smaller sample cards and start building up your own fan deck.

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    Mary Hallengren

    November 22, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Loved your article on turquois. Can Turquois be tumbled?

    Thank you for your knowledge.