Easy Inlay: Cultured Opal Inlay Supplies for Woodworkers, Turners, Casters, Luthiers, Jewelers Professionals and Hobbyists

Regular price $31.95
COLORS: Confetti (purple); Dragon's Eye (red); Krakatoa (light gray); Marianas (dark blue); Marina (light blue); Moonbeam (white); Sahara (yellow); Shadow (dark gray); Viper (green)

Easy Inlay's jewelry-grade crushed cultured opals contain the “fire” typically seen in rare opals and are optically, physically, and chemically identical to those found in nature. Also, unlike natural stones, the color, luminosity, and brightness of these opals will not fade over time.

Our opals add a pop of color that catches the eye; professionals and crafters alike simply insert the grains into any void, small crack or knot and add CA glue or resin.

In the lab, opals can take about a year to grow. Made from approximately 80 percent silica, scientists arrange spheres in a lattice pattern to imitate the structure of a jewelry-quality opal. Then they stabilize the pores of the structure with silica gel; the result is an opal that exhibits the fire and iridescence of their natural, more expensive counterparts.

On the Mohs Hardness Scale, lab-grown opals have a hardness of 4.0 and are easily sanded using silicon carbine (carborundum) or aluminum oxide (corundum) sand paper, which has a hardness of 9.0. They are durable and provide an excellent surface to polish and/or finish.

  • Goes a long way: 2 grams fit 30" x 1/8"; 5 grams fit 75" x 1/8"
  • Adds colorful fire to jewelry (rings, earrings, etc.); pens; blade handles; wine stoppers; boxes; vessels; and other inlay projects.
  • Optically, physically, and chemically identical to those found in nature
  • More durable and less expensive than natural opals
  • Comes in reusable jar for easy storage
  • Can be used dry with CA glue or wet with resins like Epoxy; easy to sand