Intarsia

Intarsia is just a fancy word that means different rocks glued together. It doesn't sound too difficult, but as with most things I insist on learning the hard way, it's trickier than it looks. My intarsia experience is still at the 'Fisher-Price' level, meaning big shapes and colors. I hope to someday be able to do the intricate zuni, or cosmic patterns that are done by the masters.

A few early attempts

A few things I've learned:

  • use stones of similar hardness
  • cut stones and grind to 90 degree angles on a 180 grit lap
  • joints must be flush
  • use only epoxy 330
  • vibrantly colored rocks are desired (and hard to find)
  • re-con is good accent material, and is expensive

I've got a lot more to learn.

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