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These striking sheets have a sheen and iridescence that man-made materials can't dream to imitate. Each sheet consists of smaller strips of shell that have been thinly sawed by hand from ethically-sourced abalone shell. These strips are colour matched before being bound together by epoxy. This gives each sheet a pleasant and uniform colouring but some variation will exist from sheet to sheet.
These sheets of veneer are thin cut and far cheaper than the thicker ones used for inlay. The thin nature of the material is ideal for surface finishes, similar to using gold leaf. It is suitable for a wide range of applications, from furniture and artistic uses to signwriting!
The material is translucent and the appearance of colour will vary based on the colours underneath the sheet. A dark or black backing with show the full depth of colour of the abalone. Using a differently coloured surface or even a metallic one, such as gold, will give a different effect.
It is also important when buying and using abalone that the visual appearance and colours of the sheet vary depending on lighting and angle of viewing. We recommend creating test pieces when using abalone before going into full-scale production.
This product comes supplied as a single sheet, measuring 24cm x 14cm. Each sheet is 0.2mm in thickness.