Powdered metal inlay advise please

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Kade Knight

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I am starting a project using burl veneer and am looking to fill the natural voids and knot holes with powdered metal inlay. I am planning on using atomized copper to 325 mesh. My thought was to mix the powdered copper with 30 min epoxy to make a paste and then spread the mixture into the voids and then sanding smooth when cured. Does anyone else use powdered metal? If so would you share how you do it? Thanks ya’ll!

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#1 posted 267 days ago

Sorry that I can’t answer your question directly, but have you looked at InLace products? There may be something usable for your application. HTH

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#2 posted 267 days ago

Haven’t had hands on but I’ve researched for later use in gaps, cracks, etc. The art supply houses that specialize in jewelry usually have a range of quality of inlay material- from epoxy sticks to metal powders. Also, turning sites have a selection materials- Packard Woodworks, Constantines, and Craft Supples, USA all list metal powders and epoxies. It’s beautiful when it works- problem is dulling of shine after epoxies set…I’ve also seen great work using crushed gemstones and Inlace products. Sorry I can’t give you a more tutorial answer.

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#3 posted 266 days ago

I have used a mixture of colored chalk (the kind used in chalk lines) and a finishing resin called “Z-poxy” with good results in filling voids in Mesquite. “Z-poxy” is a thinner version of epoxy and does penetrate the wood a lot more. Sets over night and sands smooth. I buy Z-poxy at my local hobby shop.

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#4 posted 266 days ago

I have done exactly what you are proposing on some small bowls with worm holes. I got brass powder from Craft Supplies and mixed it with epoxy. I was using 5 minute epoxy since that was all I had at the time. 30 minute epoxy would obviously be better. I measured out the epoxy and hardener, then added brass to one of them so it could get mixed in before mixing in the hardener.

I simply sanded normally. It had a good sparkle when finished. The bowl was white oak, so it was fairly hard and seemed to sand evenly without leaving a bump or dished out area.

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Kade Knight

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#5 posted 265 days ago

Thanks guys! I will give it a whirl

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#6 posted 265 days ago

What kind of Z-poxy do you used, I came up with several results. I’m looking for something that will flow better and set over a longer time for better penetration. I used to see 24hr epoxy everywhere with the quick set being the more expensive, harder to find stuff, now I can’t find the 24hr stuff anywhere.

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#7 posted 265 days ago


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