My cousin had a baptism for their daughter, and I needed a gift. It’s a good thing I have a laser! But what to make. I remembered awhile back, some bad influences did some really nice work with crushed Mother of Pearl inlays.
Proving a concept, one Saturday afternoon.
@ianauch inspired project. This thread. Nacre is the mineral, lining the shells of Mollusks, it’s what a pearl is made of. (on a side note, an Octopus is a mollusk, with roughly the intellect of a cat. That makes it the genius of the family!)
ianauch was kind enough to post his source, and I would have it. The stuff is gorgeous. I was admiring it, and it hit me. Snowflakes.
I was originally thinking of wood, but the thought of the cool color of blue …
I had a lot of fun playing around with some
Easy Inlay mother of pearl inlay powder today. This stuff is fantastic. And it is super easy to use.
First, I found some a cool stock illustration to start from. But the detail in the anchor was to fine so I needed to thin out the lines a bit and invert the color. I also added a stroke around the anchor to keep a gap between the inlay and the rest of the engrave.
I also added a few shapes, the red line in the picture…
But what wood should I use.
Oh, I have that nice Sapele plank.
I can’t cut that with a Glowforge.
But I have a friend with a router table I can borrow!
After some Inkscape designing(with some help from The Noun Project after I realized I can’t draw a dove, even with the help of a computer (
Dove Icons - Download Free Vector Icons | Noun Project)), and some trial and error, I had a cross that came out beautifully.
I will make a post in
# with my design and fabrication process. beyond-the-manual
Edit: Here is the other post!
How I made a Baptism Cross
Oooooo, very nice! I tried inlay with crushed turquoise once but it ended up looking like
#&@%. Looking forward to your descriptions.
Great job there Joe! I Love that MOP for inlay. Did you use the UV resin? It sure beats the 5 minute work time of epoxy.
Beautiful! Amazing the detail you can get with that fill!
Nice that turned out great. The MOP is really fun to work with. And
@PrintToLaser is right the UV resin is the way to go. It makes is way easier than epoxy or super glue.
I was amazed at the at the leisure of the work time. I tis unlimited. You decide when.
@ianauch are some of the bad influences I was talking about. Now I have to look into UV resin’s.
Another benefit is it’s fast!
Great work, Joe. Another great technique to add to the glowforge book of recipes