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Oct 21, 2019 - 3:03:17 PM
940 posts since 4/13/2017

I saw a video a long time ago of a guy who built cigar box guitars melting HDPE in his oven to create sheets of plastic made from various colors, which he then cut to whatever shape his heart desired for inlays...does anyone know where this video is? I can't seem to find it...Thanks!

Oct 21, 2019 - 5:43:16 PM

12242 posts since 10/30/2008

HDPE is flammable. It will melt at about 225 deg. F. I would NEVER put it in an oven.

PE and HDPE and PP are all called "Paraffins", meaning their chemical structure is very similar to paraffin wax. Flammability too.

Oct 21, 2019 - 5:50:04 PM

940 posts since 4/13/2017

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Originally posted by The Old Timer

HDPE is flammable. It will melt at about 225 deg. F. I would NEVER put it in an oven.

PE and HDPE and PP are all called "Paraffins", meaning their chemical structure is very similar to paraffin wax. Flammability too.


Oof

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:21:25 AM

1858 posts since 2/7/2008

I’m curious about the attraction of HDPE as an inlay material. Is it that you can mold it to any shape?

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:48:51 AM
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Helix

USA

11916 posts since 8/30/2006

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These clays are very bright and durable colors, REALLY begging for engraving which would be easier than f'g pearl.

So maybe not HDPE, but I think this gives you more options and a cooler oven. I have heard of this process and people stirring with a toothpick like an Espresso artist.

In my shop, I would eventually get to using something like this. I'm really, really turned off by plastics. No one I've seen is making engraved hardwood inlays. The other thing I want to mention is floating an engraved inlay under a window of shellac, and then lacquering on top of that to preserve the engraving. The cavity is slightly deeper to recess the inlay. Any interest?

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:20:55 AM
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Helix

USA

11916 posts since 8/30/2006

FIMO. that’s the type of clay I was looking for, it bakes at a low temp

If this isn’t useful to you, please acknowledge

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:02:08 PM

DRH

USA

53 posts since 5/29/2018
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This is an interesting topic. I've been looking at ways to produce inlays that don't require a jeweler's saw.

Douglas and Sturgess Art Supply sells all sorts of resins and glittery stuff. I bought some powdered copper, zinc, and steel from them years ago. I don't see these listed on their website now but I suppose you could email them.

I noticed they now carry reflective glass beads. I have some and they don't sparkle when submerged in clear resin. They might produce a nice effect if used with dark colored resins.

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