Zirconium as side dot

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by eutgard, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. Hi all TBers!

    I'm planning to use zirconium as side dots for very dark colored rosewood fingerboard.

    Here are my questions.

    1. What color will match best with dark colored rosewood?
    Topaz (light yellow), sapphire (blue), light sapphire (light blue), aquamarine (greenish blue), emerald (green?)

    2. What glue should I use?
    epoxy, CA, or...

    Thanks in advance. :bassist:
  2. I've buried Swarovsky crystals in a neck as dot markers and that's sort of the same. It works good if you use the shallower cuts. The crystals have a backing that is reflective and you'll need something behind the stone to make it light up. Light going into the stone and hitting a dark rosewood underneath won't give you much pop. I would paint your dots white before installing your stones. Use CA glue and bury your stones deep enough to totally cover with the super glue and then polish smooth.
  3. Painting dot cavity white before insert zirconium... I'll keep that in mind.

    Thanks, Hambone.