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Bone Inlay Info

How Bone Inlay Products are Made

How Bone Inlay Products are Made

There is something special about furniture that is not made by a machine, or churned out in bulk. All our bone and mother of pearl inlay pieces are uniquely handmade in Rajasthan, India, with each piece taking 3 - 4 weeks to be completed into it's own individual 'work of art'.

It’s such an intricate process, and understanding how these pieces are made really enhances their beauty and the story behind each beautiful design.

STEP 1 - The first stage of the process is creating the wooden frame of the product. The frame itself is made of wood, whilst the rest of the structure is made of high-quality MDF.
The reason MDF is used in our inlay products, is that it stands better in changes of heat and humidity. If an entirely wooden frame was used, this would expand and contract in changing weather, and create cracks in the incredible inlay work. 

STEP 2 - Individual pieces of bone or mother of pearl shell are added to the frame in an intricate pattern. This process is done entirely by hand, with our team of artisans following a pattern, and adding their own quirks and personality to the piece. 

STEP 3 - The resin is mixed by hand and we can use absolutely any pantone colour of choice.
Once this is ready, it is then poured across the product, filling the gaps between the inlay pieces. 

STEP 4 - The product is then carefully sanded down, and the carved inlay pieces are now visible through the resin. 

STEP 5 - Final quality control is undertaken, and the final polish and varnish is completed, as well as a layer of wax to seal the final product.

STEP 6 - Your beautiful and one-of-a-kind piece is ready to be delivered!
At Mahlia, we ensure that our team see photos and videos of every piece before it's dispatched, to make sure we're only sending the most spectacular inlay pieces to our customers. Once we approve the products with the team, they are delivered straight to your door. 

For questions, enquiries or custom orders, contact us here. We'd love to chat ❤️

Lana & Bec xx