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 acrylic, and it won the day. Blue and teal (the catalog says teal, the barcode sticker on it says Turquoise).
The new concept here is the bonding agent, Bondic. A UV curing compound that is about the viscosity of syrup.
The really cool thing about it is it stays fluid until hit with the near UV LED. Unlimited working time.
The pen tip is small so it fits well into detail. Flood the bottom of the default dark engrave, and sprinkle the flakes on.
Old wallpaper seam roller comes in handy.
Cure with the UV LED for a matter of seconds.
And sanded to level from 220 to 1500 wet or dry paper. Mask is really handy, acrylic is soft and dust will scratch it, so the mask is good protection - if you pay attention and don’t cut too far. In a jewelry inlay, nugget or chip, you cut both surfaces simultaneously to a perfect level. The inlay is still a couple of thousandths proud, but plenty close for a smooth feel.
There has never been a better tool for inlay than a laser, and there has never been a laser like glowforge.