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Composite Material (Part II)

In the May issue, I discussed making composite materials out of natural stone and epoxy, this month I’d like to venture further into the subject by discussing other types of polymers that can be used for lapidary. While there are many lapidaries that are purists, and won’t consider working with anything but natural stone, there are many others who like to get creative and try new things. The last few months I have been researching many different materials and decided to try some acrylics mixed with burl wood, and polyester composites that are generally used to make knife and gun scales. Since these materials are oft en very decorative and meant to be cut and polished, I figured it wasn’t a far stretch to use in making cabs.

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