Mother of Pearl
Easy Inlay's mother of pearl is very rare; very colorful; and soft, not brittle. It's a versatile, natural mineral used to create many types of inlay. It can be used as is, or dyed to emulate a variety of luxurious gem stones such as sapphire blue, ruby red, jade green and more. You can also mix it into our other inlay materials to add a shimmering translucent chatoyance effect. These grains add iridescent, colorful shimmer to any inlay design; it comes from the inner layer of the shell of some oysters and abalones.
1oz jar $19.95 (Fine or Flake)
On the Mohs Hardness Scale, mother of pearl has a hardness of 2.5 and is easily sanded using silicon carbide (carborundum) or aluminum oxide (corundum) sandpaper, which has a hardness of 9.0. It is durable and provides an excellent surface to polish and/or finish.
Note that these products are made from nature: there may be variations in color and minor impurities which add to the overall natural aesthetic.
Fine is for small inlays: for large inlays and fuller coverage, consider flake Mother of Pearl or adding coarse crystal calcite.
Mohs Hardness Scale
Mohs scale of mineral hardness is named after the scientist, Friedrich Mohs, who invented a scale of hardness based on the ability of one mineral to scratch another. Rocks are made up of one or more minerals.
According to the scale, Talc is the softest: it can be scratched by all other materials. Gypsum is harder: it can scratch talc but not calcite, which is even harder. The hardness of a mineral is mainly controlled by the strength of the bonding between the atoms and partly by the size of the atoms. It is a measure of the resistance of the mineral to scratching.
"Mohs scale of mineral hardness." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 12 Jun 2017, 12:47 UTC.
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