Stone Intarsia

One of the techniques I stumbled upon in my research was intarsia. Intarsia can be done with wood, metal, and stone, and it was very intriquing to me because of the unlimited possibilities of combining colors and patterns!

It took some research, and again, trial and error, to find the right adhesive and processes for cutting stone so that there are no gaps between the pieces. I’ve made lots of intarsia pieces since, and it was definitely worth the time spent.

stone intarsia pendant

What is stone or lapidary intarsia?

Stone, or lapidary intarsia is the technique of combining different pieces of stone into patterns, often combining them with metals. Patterns can be simple or complex, and when made into cabochons, can produce esquisite intarsia stone jewelry.

Making Stone Intarsia

Marking out the shapes

Clamping while adhesive dries
Ready for cutting and polishing

So many slabs…so little time!