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Chip or Channel Inlay Work Applications


What I have learned after over 30+ years of inlay personal experience:

Chip Inlay:  To convert any gem materials into smaller chips or pieces for chip inlay, place rock into a small zip-lock plastic bag and hit with hammer on concrete slab.  Remember that softer  materials like turquoise and malachite require much less force to break them into smaller pieces.  Material offered here is hard enough to work and polish into quality finished pieces.  You may wish to cover the bag containing the rock material when crushing as there will be some fragments flying upward from the impacts.  Use good eye protection.

Pick individual gem pieces using a twizzers to set into epoxy glue mixture in the spaces or channels in the metalwork you have prepared in advance. I always colored the epoxy with black tempra powder for a consistent background color. If you don't color the background you will be able to see the background inner suface of the metal behind your stones, rather than just stone chips and polisted metal surfaces on finised piece.  Your glue set time will be about 20 minutes at a normal room temperature so don't mix too much glue at one time.  With experience, you will be able to complete 3-6 pieces of jewelry per batch of glue depending on their size.  If large, you might only complete that piece.


Always mix epoxy on a paper or cardboard surface.  If you mix epoxy on a plastic or metal surface it will not set up.  I don't know why, but it never would set for for me.

Channel Inlay:  Use your diamond saw to cut pieces approximately to fit into any channel having any shape.  Use your grinder to get a perfect fit.  Epoxy the  rocks cut into channels of your created metalwork.  Let the epoxy cure completely.  Grind the piece flat so the metal of your creation shows between the stonework.  Polish the piece.  Done. 

If you prefer a more advanced application, cut each stone to fit into the channels and polished each stone as a separate cabochon. Polish the metalwork first, then glue your stones into place. Done. 


Images are hyperlinked.....click mineral to enlarge

$100 orders will receive a free sample of black tempra powder and a some tubes of Epoxy 330 to get you started.

Please ask for small free samples of other inlay materials with your first $100 or greater order
   

Crocidolite Inlay Rough

Witenoom, Hamersley Range, West Australia

Mixed natural colors at random:
gold, blue, and red

Priced at Priced at: $ 30 for a 200 gram parcel


These will be small pieces suitable to inlay into your metal handwork

For slabbing rough of this material go to the Lapidary Catalog

For mineral specimens of this material
 go to the Australian Mineral Catalog

 



Gold Crocidolite, polished

Griqualand, Koega, Namibia

Priced at: $ 15 for a 200 gram parcel






Gold
Crocidolite, unpolished

with sharp edges where tight fits are required

Griqualand, Koega, Namibia

Priced at: $ 15 for a 200 gram parcel

   


Malachite

Congo

Priced at: $ 20 for a 200 gram parcel

This a mixture of  small slabs and pieces useful for inlay work.  You will find pieces almost ready to set into channels.  This is quite good material as it is dense and polishes with a mirror finish. 






Lapis Lazuli

Afghanistan

Small slabs and chips for inlay work.  This is not gem grade, but you can select the pieces you wish to use.  It is very good for inlay work . Many pieces will cut deep blue stones.  It polishes well and is loaded with pyrites which indicates you are getting genuine lapis.

Priced at: $ 20 for a 200 gram parcel






Turquoise

This is small slabs and pieces for inlay work.  All the material is stabilized turqouise so it is well adapted to whatever you wish to do with it.  Crush it, grind it, it usually polishes well.

It consists of blue and green turquoise originally from  New Mexico and Nevada.  It was already mixed together when I recieved this material as "scrap" from German cutting houses over 25 years ago.

Priced at: $ 25 for a 200 gram parcel




 

Rhodochrosite

Argentina

This a mixture of  small slabs and pieces useful for inlay work or cutting small cabochons

Priced at: $ 25 for a 200 gram parcel

 

 
Sardonyx

Brazil


Fine quality hard material with contrasting bands of reddish-brown and white

I don't know how this material would do if crushed.  I always used it to cut custom cabochons or as custom cut pieces in inlay work

Priced at: $ 25 for a 200 gram parcel
 


Chevron Amethyst

Namibia

These are crystals which were tumbled to remove their sharp edges

Priced at: $ 15 for a 200 gram parcel


 

Nephrite slices

This material makes cutting nephrite cabs and inlays easy.  This material is smaller than what is sold in the rough rock catalog

Source of material uniknown
 
Small pieces with largest dimension under 3/4"

Priced at: $ 15 for a 200 gram parcel
 






Multicolor Rough Crystal & White Potch Opal

 Coober Pedy, South Australia


Priced at: $ 25 for a 200 gram parcel





longitudinal slice

Petrified Palmwood

Louisiana, USA

Solid material containing  preserved vascular bundles in a contrasting color from the matrix; material usually contains no voids or holes; my research has identified more than 75 colors in Louisiana Palm;  it polishes to a mirror finish

Available here only as  slices

For palmwood cutting material so you can cut your own slices go to the rough rock catalog

Slices are excellent for cabochons or channel inlay giving the pattern of bird feathers, etc.

5 mm thick slices: $ 5 for 2.5 sq. cm. (1 sq. in.)
 
 7 mm thick slices:  $ 10 for 2.5 sq. cm. (1 sq. in.)

For slices containing black palm, as in the upper photo, the cost is 3x regular palm price, as it is extremely rare


cross section slice
   
 

 
 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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