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Bruce Kamp
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Clear epoxy for inlays
Jan 5th, 2017 at 4:27pm
 
I want to do inlays in some of my turnings. Specifically I want to try using minerals, cut glass, metal powder, and things like turquoise. I have used T-88 amber and it has worked fine for colored inlays. I am wondering which brand would be best for a clear product.
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Re: Clear epoxy for inlays
Reply #1 - Jan 5th, 2017 at 5:11pm
 
Depending on your project, you may want to look into casting resin.
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Re: Clear epoxy for inlays
Reply #2 - Jan 5th, 2017 at 10:13pm
 
I use two part 5 min epoxy from devcon currently. It can be messy and you have to work in batches. I haven't tried the 20 min epoxy, but that may work too.

It really depends what you want to do. Casting resin is something I want to play with and it might work well. Also I know people who use CA glue too. It is really trial and error, and what you after.  Let us know what you do.
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Re: Clear epoxy for inlays
Reply #3 - Jan 6th, 2017 at 8:09am
 
The thing about some of the materials you mentioned such as cut glass is they don't move like wood and run a chance of breaking off do to wood movement.

I use a quality flexible adhesive such as silicone to hold mirrors in place so I don't have to worrying that they will pop off someday..
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Re: Clear epoxy for inlays
Reply #4 - Jan 6th, 2017 at 10:26pm
 
I have never had any problems with epoxy and movement. I have 3 pieces that are 18 years old with no issues Smiley

But yes Ron I suppose there could be the potential of having a failure due to movement.
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Re: Clear epoxy for inlays
Reply #5 - Jan 7th, 2017 at 12:59am
 
West System has a product designed for clear applications. It works well on cedar strip canoes. It has some more stringent climate controls during curing and is more expensive. Might be worth a look for your application.
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Re: Clear epoxy for inlays
Reply #6 - Jan 7th, 2017 at 8:19pm
 
Seems like I've read that all epoxies yellow slightly.  I've read of many people using CA with turquoise chips and metal powders.  I think Jimmy Clewes used some brand of epoxy with metal powder to make an opaque filler on one of his dvd projects.
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Re: Clear epoxy for inlays
Reply #7 - Jan 7th, 2017 at 8:32pm
 
Clear is the challenge as most all epoxy materials have some amber/yellow.

Alumilite resin is used with wood castings and comes in crystal clear. Limited pot time, and likes pressure pot for bubble control.

InLace may be a good choice. I have seen it at woodcraft, and it can be ordered from Turtle Feather (google turtle feather).

Polyester casting resins shrink on curing which limits use many cases.

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