For this double sided cabochon I used polka dot agate as my centre piece with a frame of Glass Buttes obsidian around the outside, then a frame of Marston Ranch agate and another frame of mahogany obsidian.
I have to say that the finished product made me forget the work that had been put in to it. I was so thrilled with the piece after I had ground it all down and polished it that I know I will definitely try and keep going with it. I’d like to become so proficient in Intarsia that I can start to build actual scenery and landscapes in to my designs using different colour stones.
If you do a web search on the ‘stone Intarsia’ and click on ‘Images’ then you will see some of the sublime workmanship out there. It’s a highly underrated technique. I hope that you will all become as big a fan as I am.
The downside to Intarsia – you smell of glue for the rest of your life and you can’t get the smell of glue out of your nose!
The upside to Intarsia – I may be the only person in Doha that’s ever tried anything like this! How nice to have a completely unique product!
Another complete downside to this is that if you are ever going to try it – you will never make your money back! If you include your time and the cost of materials then no one will be able to afford the finished piece. It’s a good job that I do it for love and not for money then isn’t it??!!