In-lay project

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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 01-09-2013 05:34 PM 1476 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m experimenting with a couple different color inlays today in preparation for my goblet finish. I have some spalted maple that has huge worm holes in it, so much so I couldn’t turn the inside very far at all.
I have the holes filled with wood puddy, but not flush to the surface. I left about a millimeter or two for the inlay.

This will be stained with a blue dye in shellac after several coats of Charles Neil Pre Color Conditioner.

The first inlay is blue turquoise crushed stones, under 1 mm in size, combined with turquoise powder, and some darker blue glitter. I used medium CA glue on this with a layer of black sand under it held on with thin CA glue.

The second inlay is red coral stones smaller than 1 mm mixed with powdered copper which is red and a bit of purple glitter. This is a smaller hole so I filled it with black sand and the mix above then flooded it with thin CA glue.

I’ll post pics later after they dry and I’ve sanded them down.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 05:44 PM

Sounds interesting,photos will help.

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 06:25 PM

Subscribed. I’d love to see the outcome. You do nice work


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#3 posted 01-09-2013 08:11 PM

Russell , drown it with the BC, and let it dry over night, it will solidify the wood alot, I wet the **out of it, wait 10 min and do it again, just make sure its well soaked, the acrylics in the mix will help alot

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 08:24 PM

Charles, I filled those worm holes up with wood puddy last night, it expanded a bit and cracked the lip of the cup where the hole came close to the lip and the reason I stopped turning the goblet. It’s only a minor off set which I can turn out. I’ll fill that crack with brass dust after the stone inlays are completed. When the stones are set and dry, I’ll sand it out to 320 or 400 use your color conditioner a couple times and then fill the small cracks with brass dust and thin CA. Then after another sanding I plan to use a dewaxed shellac to seal the wood and then apply the blue dye to the shellac and just stain it a little bit. I’ve been experimenting with a piece off the same log and two coats of conditioner and a cotton ball wrapped in tee shirt to apply the blue stained shellac. After the color sets, I’ll come back with thinned shellac and apply till it shines.

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