Opal inlays

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Outkastah, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

    Mar 21, 2006
    I do custom gemstone inlays. If you search my posts they will turn up.

    I use an Inland all in wonder lapidary unit. It is BY FAR the cheapest lapidary setup you can get. At least $1000 less than any other setup. That being said, it is meant for hobbyists, and has its limitations.
    The unit is about $500.

    I have come up with my own process of making the inlays, and I have good results. My inlays run from .020"-.080" thick, depending on if they are flat with the button top or they stick out.
    I have never tried Opal, as it is too expensive for me to experiment with. I have cracked MANY inlays when doing my final passes, or when buffing up the stone. It is a pain in the butt sometimes. I built some tools to help reduce these issues, but there are some sets of buttons where I have had to make 6-8 inlays to get 3 usable ones.
  2. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

    Aug 7, 2013
    Lagos, Nigeria
    I used to bring over some rough stones from West Africa and have them cut and polished in the UK by a professional gemcutter. It isn't so expensive (so long as you steer clear of diamond :-)).
  3. Maui_Jimmy

    Maui_Jimmy Piano User

    Jun 28, 2011
    Deer Park, TX
    Ed Lee never jests about such matters. ROFL

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