Inlay Materials

Frequently found on premium furniture and guitars, inlays are designs cut from materials such as mother of pearl, abalone, stone (pietra dura) and brass (Boulle Work) which are then laid in to pockets in the item's surface. You can use our inlay materials to cut your own inlay designs, or alternatively we can cut them for you - get in touch for a quote.

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The art of inlay goes back millennia and the materials and techniques used continue to develop to this day. We offer a selection of traditional and contemporary materials for you to create your own inlay designs. They differ in the sizes available and how they can be cut, with the below table outlining the differences between them:

 Pearl, Abalone & ShellRecon StoneGlowCelluloid
Other names Nacre, MoP Reconstituted Luminescent Cellulose nitrate
Colours White, Black, Gold, Green, Sand, Pink Many Green, Blue Many
Types Mother of Pearl
Abalone
Paua
Awabi
Pink Mussel
Green Turban
Jade
Malachite
Azurite
Jasper
Lapis
Turquoise
Green glow
Blue glow
Pearloid
Shell
Tortoiseshell
Ivory
Plain colour
Thicknesses 0.5mm, 1mm, 1.5mm, 2mm 1.5mm 2mm 0.46mm - 2mm, depending on pattern
Cuts with Scroll/Jeweller's saw
Dremel
CNC router
Water jet
Scroll/Jeweller's saw
Dremel
CNC router
Water jet
Laser (can give a powdery edge)
Scroll/Jeweller's saw
Dremel
CNC router
Water jet
Scroll/Jeweller's saw
Dremel
CNC router
Water jet
Laser (discolouration on lighter pieces, but this will sand out)
Glues with Superglue (cyanoacrylate)
Epoxy
UHU Hart
Superglue (cyanoacrylate)
Epoxy
UHU Hart
Superglue (cyanoacrylate)
Epoxy
UHU Hart
UHU Hart
Acetone
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