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Inlay Materials

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Donovan Bailey, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. Donovan Bailey

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    I have never been able to nail down a good source of inlay materials (soapstone, etc.) for turnings. Appreciate it if anyone knows of a good source. I'd also be interested in any application tips or suggestions that you guys have discovered.
     
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    I found tuckers turnings to be a good source for man made turquoise. His blend of 3 different size pieces comes with a 1 oz. package of dust. pack it in and put a few drops of thin ca glue on it. Then sand it flush and fill in any small voids with the dust.
     
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  4. Donovan Bailey

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    Thanks, Clifton. Looks like this guy wrote the book on using inlays with turnings.
     
  5. Don Wattenhofer

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    I saw Stephen at the last symposium held in St. Paul and I still keep the booklet handed out to attendees and use it as a reference for stone inlay.
    The only thing I might add to his technique would be the undercutting method he uses for his designs can also be used on large voids prefilled with epoxy putty.
     
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    I tried the minerals. Unfortunately, they are difficult to crush, had limited color choices and hard to sand. I discovered I could use ground pony beads. They come in over a hundred colors, are easy to prepare and the they turn and sand just like wood. Here is a link (http://www.aggieturner.com/preparing and using ground pony beads.pdf) to my PDF on how to prepare and install them. Incidentally, they are a lot cheaper than Inlace.
     
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  8. Donovan Bailey

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    Great info, Dave. Thank you. I can't wait to give them a try.
     
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    go to Wally world stationary dept....get assorted colored chalk.....cut off slivers make dust of your choice or combo color
     
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  10. john lucas

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    Try the colored Inlace chips sold.by turtlefeathers.net
     

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