and yes... I will post pics of a successful inlay
I used my plasma cutter to slice some steel and then filled the cuts back in with brazing rod.. sand it all down smooth and voila! inlay.
Thought I'd pass along a low tech method for brass flow-in. The attachment shows a handle section from a 17" long spatula. The design is stamped/chiseled into the metal, little bits (it's easy to use way too much) of brass are flattened and laid on top of the imprints and borax is sprinkled over the brass. The piece is returned to a well coked fire and heated slowly until the brass melts and flows everywhere,hopefully including the imprints. After cooling,the piece is filed smooth to reveal the contrasting brass design.
Inspiration for these designs comes from the book "To Draw, Upset and Weld" by Jeanette Lasansky.