Shell veneers are made from thinly sliced pieces of shell nacre glued
together flatened to form continuous sheets.
Standard size - Length -
240mm, Width - 140mm,
Thickness - 0.1mm-0.15mm - 0.004" - 0.005" .
This material is mainly used for overlay, where it is fixed directly
onto the surface and finishing coat is then built up to level.
It lends it self to many applications including architectural,
signwriting, furniture making, musical instruments, jewellery, fishing
lures and many more.
Some of the characteristics include flexibility, it can be bent
to a great degree especially when coated with flexible
resin or spray system such as aliphatic Polyurethane.
Shell veneers can be cut with a sharp knife or even scissors.
When cut with scissors it is advisable to apply adhesive tape to top
side which is removed when the material is fixed to surface,
alternatively it can be coated with resin or spray.
Shell veneers can also be cut using various types of CNC cutting
machines such as laser, water jet etc..
Very cost effective when compared with solid shell material.
Due to the very thin nature of this material it is advisable to colour
coat back side of veneers as they have high level of transparency.
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