I’d like to make a Damascus inlay ring from a piece of bar stock. I’ve made wood rings with liners on my wood lathe and ready to jump on my mini metal lathe.
The issue I’m wondering about, haven’t started yet, is about the finish process.
I know that I’m going to have to etch back the pattern in the steel with muriatic acid or another type of acid and then do a light 800 to 1000 grit sandpaper to bring out the contrast.
Where I’m stuck is can I inlay the turquoise before that?
Do I wait until I inlay the turquoise and it cures overnight and then put the ring in the acid again because all my sanding and buffing just took away all the Damascus contrast pattern that was showing?
Maybe my biggest concern is can the turquoise after it’s sanded and buffed/polished survive the 40 minute to an hour soak in the acid?
Thank you for anyone who may know