Abalone are a single shell mollusk that are best known for their beautifully formed and colored calcareous shell secreted by the mantle. Once harvested (their meat is considered a delicacy), strips of these shells are thinly cut and laid together on a 3M backing to produce a sheet that is then dyed and can be used for many different decorative purposes. There are many different species of abalone that result in different and unique "patterns" on their shells. Paua is probably the most common shell sold for the purpose of decorating your custom rod. We currently stock Paua and Silverlip Abalone.
With the proper application, you can achieve a beautiful custom rod. Techniques for measuring properly can be found online in different "how-to" videos. We suggest using the boil method for application versus the heat gun method to eliminate cracking and reduce application time. Simply place your pre-measured shell in a small dish of water and add a tsp. of white vinegar to it. The vinegar breaks down the calcium in the shell and makes it pliable. Place in microwave for 4-6 minutes. Then, simply peel the back off and roll around your blank. We have used shells in place of butt wraps, between split grips, and under guides. Check out our Facebook page to see the finished product.
*NO TWO SHELLS ARE ALIKE. ALLOW FOR SOME VARIANCE IN PATTERN AND COLOR WHEN ORDERING!. OUR IMAGES DO NOT DO THESE SHELLS JUSTICE AS THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL*
*All abalone sales are final.*