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I've concentrated on getting the overall shape correct and have sanded and polished the surfaces while they're on the dowels, since once they're glued in place, getting polishing buffs into the nooks and crannies will be difﬁcult (top in the image). I'm not going to worry too much about making a bug an entomologist could differentiate down to the species level. My ladybugs are going to be relatively simple, and I'll just strive to obtain the "essence" of ladybug. Once the bug blank is ready to take off, I use a small diameter burr to carve away the dowel just below the bug's base, leaving a small peg (bottom of the image).
This is similar to the machine your dentist uses to mix the amalgam. When I mix the metal and mercury together, I open the capsule and place the contents in a small jar with a smooth bottom. I quickly mix them together with a small dowel, using a grinding motion like with a mortar and pestle. I use my leaf-shaped scraper to spoon the amalgam into the inlay, and press it ﬁrmly into place. Work quickly. You only have a few minutes before the amalgam starts to harden. Be sure to pack it well, and use a smooth metal rod or other tool to burnish the surface of the amalgam as it hardens.
WARNING Also, experiment with the amount of time you leave the piece in the acid, and the concentration of the acids. If you’ll be using nail polish or lacquer, you’ll deﬁnitely need to use about 50/50 acid and water mixture or less, since concentrated acid will quickly ﬂoat the lacquer mask off the surface. For ivory, I’ve generally found about 30 minutes is the longest time I’ve needed to produce bumps about a millimeter high. This will vary with concentration and temperature. Warmer acid is more reactive than cold.