New from Imaginlay
Mother of Pearl and Crystal Calcite Inlay
Scott Grove, founder of Imaginlay, has released affordable mother-of-pearl and crystal calcite inlays.
Imaginlay’s are translucent; they give greater visual depth and dimension to any inlay. And unlike some mother-of-pearl sold in the market today, Imaginlay’s is all natural, made from baked abalone and/or oyster shell.
Mother-of-pearl and crystal calcite are versatile, natural materials used to create many types of inlay for all woodworking and wood turning projects. These can be used as is, or dyed to emulate a variety of luxurious gem stones such as sapphire blue, ruby red, emerald green and more. They can also be mixed into other inlay materials to create a shimmering lustrous chatoyance effect. Mother-of-pearl adds iridescent, colorful gleam to any inlay design; it comes from the inner layer of the shell of some oysters and abalones.
Imaginlay’s mother-of-pearl is baked, which weakens the scleroprotein matrix that binds the calcium carbonate plates and columns together. The crushing process yields reflective material that goes with the grain instead of matte-like cross-grain flakes, which maximizes iridescence. Baked shell flakes are much softer than unbaked, and can be easily re-crushed and screened to finer sizes. In fact, the flakes are soft enough to be smeared to a fine but still iridescent powder between thumb and finger.
On the Mohs Hardness Scale, both mother-of-pearl and calcite have a hardness of 3.5 and are easily sanded using silicon carbine (carborundum) or aluminum oxide (corundum) sand paper, which has a hardness of 9.0. It is durable and provides an excellent surface to polish and/or finish.
The Mother of Pearl inlay is available in both fine and flake varities or in a combination set of both types.
The Crystal Calcite inlay is available in both fine and coarse varities or in a combination set of both types.
Mother of Pearl Combo - one of each: $24.95. Click here for more info or to purchase.
Crystal Calcite Combo - one of each: $34.95. Click here for more info or to purchase.
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