Unique inlay technique...


Elite Cafe Member
Jul 14, 2010
This may be nothing new to some of you... Infact, it may be more tedious than just using wire for inlay. But, since I was having some difficulty using wire, I tried this out of desperation and it worked (generally speaking) for me. I'm not saying I'm the first to do this because I don't know if anyone else has used the technique... But I'm the first in my own little engraving world :rolleyes:

Using .32mm wire (28 gauge), I snipped 1/32" pieces off and balled them up on a soldering pad with my oxy/propane torch. I made over 200 of them and used them to inlay this coin (except for the outside gold border which is two helpings of the 28 gauge wire side by side.

I would drill a little hole with my 120º graver, make 3 or more undercuts in the little hole, and pound in a "gold BB".

Regardless of whether it's efficient to do a whole background this way, this technique can be very helpful and efficient for those small radius curves that you don't want to use wire for.... So if nothing else, the technique does have it's place.

p.s. I thank Alain Lovenburg, Jeff Parke, and Jim Small for the inspiration to try gold background!


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