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Thread: Thin veneer type material for inlay - where to get?

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    Thin veneer type material for inlay - where to get?

    So I'm looking for thin (1/16" or less) material that I can cut shapes out of for inlay color.

    I was told that IPI rotary engraver's plastic is not vector cuttable - can anyone suggest other plastics (or other like material) that is?

    Would prefer stuff that looks metallic, glossy, shimmery, and/or organic (thinking like ivory or abalone) finishes?

    Post or IM is fine

    Thanks!
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    Rowmark has a variety of materials that fit this description, look on their website or check in with your local dealer. The place I use in Seattle usually has to order the thinner specialty items, but it comes in a day or two. There are woodgrains,
    granites and metals all available in 1/16" single ply, some even 1/32.

    http://www.rowmark.com/laser/Laser_E..._Materials.asp



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    Mike

    I've used laserable plastic for inlay. I used the core rather than the surface and installed it just a little proud of the wood surface so that I could sand and polish it. Then I finished the piece with spray on or wipe on varnish.

    The example is a lid for a box I made more than 10 years ago.
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    Wood veneer is great for inlay. It vector cuts very well. Check out Certainlywoods.
    Maple veneer performs very well and can be stained/dyed fairly easily.
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    Mike,

    That is exactly what I'm looking to do... with unique materials, especially organic (like the previously referenced ivory & abalone, and Joe's idea of granite)

    What is the plastic you used?


    Mark,

    Since my product will be on/in wood, wood veneer would not be used. Sorry, should have clarified that in my first post.
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    Mike

    That was IPI white surface red core 1/16".
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    Mike

    You may save a lot of time by doing a search on "inlay". There have been numerous threads on the subject including this one.

    http://www.sawmillcreek.org/archive/...t-138543.html?
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