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Project by Rob Macdonald posted 877 days ago 1902 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recieved a variety pack of colored sand in this week and wanted to see how th emixtures looked together.

The inlays are made of the following colored sand mixtures starting from the top down

#1 = 100% Fine Dark Purple #2 = 55% Coarse White , 15% Fine Dark Purple, 15% Fine Light Purple, 15% Fine White #3 = 100% Fine Light Purple #4 = 33% Fine White, 33% Fine Dark Purple, 33% Fine Light Purple

As you can see the bottom three look almost identical in color. Mixing those colors did not show a noticible difference.

A successful expirement and a decent looking bowl. A bit too busy for my taste. I think I will make a lid for this with a purpleheart finial as my next project.

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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 877 days ago

Very nicely done. I like it a lot.

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simpsy

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#2 posted 877 days ago

I like that alot!
do you just use epoxy with the sands to do the inlay?

If so where do you buy/can you buy the epoxy from.

thanks, Greg

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Rob Macdonald

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#3 posted 877 days ago

Light CA Glue .. and I use an accellerant to speed up the curing 2-3 times during the layering of sand.

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#4 posted 877 days ago

very nice …if i show this to my wife i’ll be making something like it. her color is purple

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#5 posted 876 days ago

I love it! Really looks Great!
Great job on it, Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 876 days ago

Fantastic!

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#7 posted 876 days ago

Great job, Like he colors.

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#8 posted 876 days ago

That is a very interesting technique. The end result looks great.

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willie

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#9 posted 876 days ago

Very nice! I’ve never worked with any inlays like this. How do you work the sand? I can imagine that it’s hard on tools. If you could provide a link or more info on this process and the materials, I would really appreciate it!

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Rob Macdonald

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#10 posted 876 days ago

A few months ago I saw a video on someone doing a stone inlay. I went to the craft store to find some small colored stones but they didnt have what I wanted. Then I saw the sand and thought .. hey those are just small rocks right. Well … yes an no. Depending on the sand some are just colored on the outside. Others I have tried the color changes when the CA glue hits it.

I found this site has two sets of colored sand that seems to work great …. http://www.orientaltrading.com/craft-and-hobby-supplies/craft-kits-and-projects/sand-art-a1-388815-1.fltr

That site only had the fine sand though. The coarse sand I found at Michaels craft store with the “Sable Decoratiffe” brand. I forsee using a lot of the coarse white sand in the future and probably black too for mixing with fine colored sand to give the extra effect.

Before I cut the grooves in my bowl with a parting tool I give it a coat of wax which helps prevent the CA glue spillage from discoloring the surface of the wood outside of the grooves

Sand it down with a coarse emery paper or aluminum oxide paper while on the lathe. The first time I used a handheld power sander while it was spinning on the lathe but found that doing it by hand woked just as well and gave a bit more control

I use CA glue and pile the sand on thick, making sure to overlap teh sides and go above the rim of the groove

I use a shallow disposable aluminum tray and wax paper to help control the sand while I am adding it. Gloves are highly recomended. The fine sand will settle to the bottom of the pile so when you take a pinch make sure you are not just taking the coarse sand from the top of the sand pile or you wont get an even distribution.

I use a CA glue accellerator to speed up the curing process after adding several layers of sand/glue

Thats about it .. not complex

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MrsN

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#11 posted 876 days ago

thanks for sharing your process, I have wanted to try that in some jewelry but thought it would be more difficult then that.

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Rob Macdonald

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#12 posted 876 days ago

... and make sure you wear a mask when sanding it down, and wash your hands after. I got some dust in my eyes hours later from my hands and it stung … a lot. CA glue dust is nasty stuff.

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Dlow

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#13 posted 876 days ago

That is an awesome look. I’m gonna have to try that in a ring.

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willie

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#14 posted 876 days ago

Thanks Rob, interesting process and the results are awesome! This has made me think about inlays in a different way. I’ve done inlays with colored resins, metals, and wood. Now I’m thinking of all kinds of things to use for inlays. I can always count on you guys to jump start my brain. Now if this old body will just co-operate!

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Rick

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#15 posted 874 days ago

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

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