Thanks for your reply.
Its always good to ask the question "What if?" as it leads to interesting places and opens doors to new products.
In the picture theres a hound? baying to the moon? at night?
allegorical , and very good.
Re MOP shell, it was in 1970 i had perfected the deep ,clear on 999 Ag enamel techniques I had researched and was looking for alternative media onto which to mount my pieces. I bought from a far eastern dealer in shells( London UK) some 30 of the MOP shells and cut all sorts of shapes from that to make mainly pendants. The most intertesting cut was the shaped shell hinge area.
Cutting this sometimes 1/2in thick then polishing the shell pieces to show off its beauty was quite a task. I finished using industrial bi metal band saws and power band sanders to work it.
lots of unpleasant dust too. Had of course a proper vacumn system.,
Then polishing !! actually harder than metal!
Have just one piece left for old times sake, tho lots of shell material left.
apologies, not a photo person.