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Abalone inlay question
Posted by: Paul Wood (---.columbus.res.rr.com)
Date: October 12, 2017 11:18PM

I've read nearly every post and watched several videos about abalone inlays, and am ready to take a give one a try. I'm going to put this under a Fuji NS7 reel plate to help hide any first timer flaws I'm sure to have, but I have a question. After removing the sacrificial thread used to hold things in place after cooling, should I secure (wrap) the ends prior to applying a coat of epoxy over the abalone, or will I be okay to apply the epoxy over the abalone, wrap the reel seat, then epoxy the wraps?
Thanks in advance for any input!

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Re: Abalone inlay question
Posted by: Grant Darby (---.wavecable.com)
Date: October 13, 2017 12:57PM

Sounds like you have the thick abalone. Wait till it's set and check it for any "pops" or hard edges. Might be better to get a thin coat of finish on it first to make it easier for your thread to walk up and down.

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Re: Abalone inlay question
Posted by: Fred Cory (---.nc.res.rr.com)
Date: October 13, 2017 07:17PM

Having used a bunch of abalone, I find that if I wrap my sacrificial thread tight, the edges blend, and any small cracks get pulled tight to the adhesive and also blend in.

I don't think you will need to coat the abalone if your sacrificial wrap is good and snug and let it sit until the shell has cooled well.

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Re: Abalone inlay question
Posted by: Barry Thomas Sr (---.hsd1.nj.comcast.net)
Date: October 16, 2017 08:10PM

[www.rodbuilding.org]

As above Abalone rolled on Blank the then coated with a layer of Epoxy, Then mounted the seat and Coated the Wraps

(photo was before Epoxy)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/17/2017 01:05AM by Barry Thomas Sr.

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Re: Abalone inlay question
Posted by: Chris E Linville (---.sub-174-194-35.myvzw.com)
Date: October 17, 2017 06:38AM

After you put the abalone on the rod , I use a flat cord to wrap tight around the abalone, put some heat on it then remove, any marks will disappear with a coat of epoxy. I like to put a few wraps of A thread in front(not on the abalone) the abalone will stay put and yes I find it easier to put one coat if epoxy on, then wrap. Also note that some glue may push out use a toothpick to remove this be for you epoxy. Good luck.

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