Inlay using polymer clay

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I make and sell many cedar boxes with images or lettering inlaid into the hinged lids. This is my latest effort. The stripes are strips of cedar and soft maple with walnut for the background for the stars. I made the stars by using a leather tooling tool with a hammer to indent the walnut with the star shape. About 1/8” deep. I then filled the voids with white polymer clay that needs to be baked in the oven to harden. This box measures nine inches by six inches by two inches deep. I use a clear finish, no stains or paints.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#1 posted 05-08-2016 02:57 AM

Beautiful work, Jim … as usual.

I’ve been tempted to try your “baking” technique when I’ve been in a hurry, but I always afraid it would do something funky to the glue. Guess not. :-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 05-08-2016 03:44 AM

I love your work!
I too have been afraid to try the polymer clay.

Working back in my mechanical design days I have always had some of that clay laying around and lately been interested in using that for inlays.

My question, is if one is not in a hurry, can air cure work just as well?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 05-08-2016 04:03 AM

REALLY cool, Jim!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 05-08-2016 11:29 AM

Very clever polymer clay eh? Big Al will need to try that Brother thanks so much. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 05-08-2016 11:37 AM

I do not know if air drying will work, John. This is my first exposure to polymer clay. I do not know if glue will withstand time in an oven. 175° for 15 minutes. I put, just the 2 1/2” square walnut with the stars on it, into the oven. No glue. I then stack cut the striped cover and walnut, using my scroll saw, and glued it in place.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 05-08-2016 12:27 PM

That is a beautiful and patriotic box!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-08-2016 07:20 PM

Jim, this is very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 05-27-2016 03:20 AM

This is really a cool box. Patriotic through and through.

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