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Forum topic by proudmary posted 04-27-2017 03:56 AM 1616 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2017 03:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question inlay metal powder inlay in wood burnishing inlay inlay adhesives

Hi! I’m brand new to this forum. Here’s my first question! I need to inlay brass powder into an area about 2-1/2” X 1” . I’m using CA glue. What’s the best way to get a uniform finish considering how fast CA dries? I I’m inlaying a flat surface. And, I need the inlay to adhere to both wood and copper metal. The brass powder I have has the consistency of flour. I’m doing test runs on scrap. I found epoxy just looks muddy and I can’t get it to burnish as good as CA. I’ve been applying a small amount of CA glue into void and let it dry before I put powder in because it seems to work best. But, when trying to do larger areas, I’m getting pits and fisheyes. What am I doing wrong? And, how do I fix pits and fisheyes if they do happen on final piece? Or, am I doing something wrong using epoxy? Am I not burnishing it properly? I use a piece of brass wire folded for burnishing. HELP!

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#1 posted 04-27-2017 05:21 AM

1” X 2 1/2” but how deep? I just fill the void and then add the C A. It will soak in until it is saturated. C A Does not dry that fast when not placed between surfaces.

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#2 posted 04-27-2017 06:29 AM

Thanks papadan! It’s about 1/16” – 1/8” deep. I must be doing something wrong if I’m getting pits and fisheyes then. I’m going to try a few more test runs to see if can figure out why its happening. Too deep maybe? But, I welcome advice!

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#3 posted 04-27-2017 10:14 AM

For 1/8” deep I would probably need two passes. Fill it most of the way with the powder then saturate with CA, but I would expect to need to come back for a second “finish coat” to fill minor imperfections, just because I never seem to get things quite right on the first try.

When I’m using CA and sawdust as wood filler, I intentionally overfill on the finish pass, then plane it smooth afterwards to get a good surface. It’s been easier to do that than to try and build it up for me, but I don’t know if I would do that with a metal powder. Probably would try it on a small piece and see how it went.

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