Alan, I am getting the carbon fiber premade into a laminated sheet so there are no loose fibers. I had tried the loose cloth before, and it moved around and unravelled when trying to inlay it. It was a big sloppy mess.
Gary, you're right. Spare time is hard to come by. It usually happens when I work aggressively to catch up on orders and the rest of the country is having bad weather.
Awesome! I have to admit I haven't looked at your site until now. I am amazed at the quality, technology, and creativety of your work. Been thinking of getting a new wedding set for our 30th in a couple of years . . . .!!
Thanks Anthony. I was pleased with it. I had some trials where it really didn't work at all. I was ready to give up on it until I stumbled upon the new technique. I haven't seen anyone else doing them in titanium. I've seen in white gold but not titanium. I think they would be big with the cycling, motorcycle, and car modifier sets. Maybe even golf people!
I've tried to get fiber samples from a few people with no luck. (Even when I'm willing to pay) I figured I would just use the cloth, slather some resin to keep the fibers grouped, cut, wrap around a blank, then embed in resin like you would with a snakeskin blank. Of course, it sounds good in theory.
I've been eyeing hose rings for some time now and with each passing day, the choices get harder to make.
Be super careful with carbon fiber work, the resins used to bind the carbon fibers are very very toxic, and the carbon fibers themselves are toxic!!, if you breath any of the fibers they never leave your lungs but imbed themselves and stay forever! I would never consider using carbon fiber for any hobby work!!!
John, not sure if you need specific resins, or just a resin in general. As I read about the CF, it appears that there are many different processes depending on your application. In addition, because of the super huge military need for CF and a shortage, they are making fiberglass sheets that looks exactly like CF that costs a fraction of what real CF costs. I wonder if that may work better.[?]
Bruce, I book marked your site. I love it. Beautiful work ! With your hardwood rings, and carbon fiber, what type of finish do you use over the inlay? I am sure its less durable than the classic or laser engraved ones, but the work is wonderfully done.
Surely you have an IAP discount???