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Mother of pearl source

Hello, I am looking for a source of good quality mother of pearl
shell in the Australasian region. Any help would be appreciated

Rose Donovan

    Hello, I am looking for a source of good quality mother of
pearl shell in the Australasian region. Any help would be
appreciated Rose Donovan 

Hi Rose, I returned from Rarotonga with a 44 gallon drum of mid-sized
black-lipped shell. I’m in Auckland. Call me 817 6816 if you want
some. I can also source golden-lipped mop (comes from the Philipines)
in the raw.

Brian
B r i a n A d a m
N E W Z E A L A N D
www.adam.co.nz/workshops

Hi Brian! I know nothing about how to use mother-of-pearl. I want to
coat the outs ide of a small pearl-shaped perfume bottle with
mother-of-pearl so that the bottle looks like a giant pearl! Is this
possible? Can it be done with mother-of-pearl or are there products
out there that mimic the look of pearl which are easier and/or
cheaper to use? Would appreciate your contacting me if you could
provide me with some ideas. My e-mail: @stephanie_young
Many thanks from Stephanie in NYC the "Big

Apple"

    Hi Brian! I know nothing about how to use mother-of-pearl.  I
want to coat the outs ide of a small pearl-shaped perfume bottle
with mother-of-pearl so that the bottle looks like a giant pearl!
Is this possible? 

Hmm. Pearl shell as you might expect is a hard immovable brittle
material. Coating a bottle just might be outside its sphere of
influence :wink:

There is a veneer version of some common shells: paua, abalone,
black-lipped and golden-lipped mother of pearl.I have a brochure
here from ‘Shell laminate and tiles’ <www.paua.com>. The laminate
sheet is 0.5mm thin. But it still probably won’t wrap round a curved
surface.

I’d look into special paint effects.

Brian
B r i a n A d a m
N E W Z E A L A N D
www.adam.co.nz/workshops

Stephanie, If you are only trying to get the appearance of a large
pearl, let me make what may be a sacrilegious suggestion. Years ago
when I was young and poor, I had a wonderful Pearl ring I loved. The
Pearl was not real and after a while it peeled. I was devastated. I
also loved platinum iridescent pearl nail polish. Well I carefully
coated that naked glass bead with layer after layer of the nail
polish. Guess what, it worked! I know shell can be dangerous if
inhaled while processing it, so perhaps there is an alternate for
you. Teresa

I’d suggest that you try some of the more esoteric enamels such as
opalescents over opaque whites. It works best if you apply a
transparent between the two but many whites are very soft and combine
with the silver causing a green flecking on multiple firings.

Tony Konrath