SHELL VENEERS - SHEETS

This amazing material is quickly finding important uses in manufacturing applications where large areas need to be covered, or costs lowered, while keeping or improving existing quality. These 5 ˝" X 9 ˝" (140 X 240 mm) sheets are composed of many very thinly-sawn pieces of color-matched shell, .006" to .013" thick (we can supply as thin as .004"), the pieces having been overlapped and glued together, then sanded flat on both sides. The company listed below can supply shell sheets which have been modified for architectural and interior-decorating applications, as notated:

AQUA BLUE MAUI, LLC
5805 Lower Kula Rd.
Kula, Maui, HI 96790
(808) 876-0217
www.aquabluemaui.com
"THIN-LAM" plastic-aminated/ reinforced shell sheets and tiles for cabinets, countertops, flooring, and wall coverings.

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These larger veneer sheets can be used in the same way as our single-piece “VENEER FEATHERS”: for specific ideas and methods of work, refer to that section’s “Read Information” page.

Many of the veneers will show deepest colors if used over a black substrate, but overall tone can be greatly influenced by the use of different colored backgrounds, painting color on the backside, or sizing and leafing the backside with gold, silver, aluminum, Dutch metal, copper, etc. Thicker foil materials can also be used to back the veneers.

Very delicate, trimming can be done on simple shapes using a razor or even a sharp scissors, or veneers can be temporarily glued to a thin backing material, cut with a saw, then released by soaking in water or other solvent (but test first to make sure the solvent will not affect the epoxy which holds these sheets together).

The thinnest veneers are not suitable for actually "inlaying", but are intended for "overlay" work, and are thin enough that lacquer or enamel finishes can be built up flush with the shell and then buffed down level. The thicker sheet material (.010" - .013") is sometimes used as actual inlay, but this is usually done using computer-operated machines which can control the routing depth t tolerances of .001". Sometimes both the veneer and its backing material are inlaid as one piece, to make handling easier. This is less common now that our LAMINATED SHEETS are available.

To make guitar pickguards, the veneer sheet is shaped, and then run through a plastic laminator (as used in many instant copy shops), the plastic trimmed to leave a slight overhang, and a double-stick adhesive applied to the backside so it can be mounted to the instrument. We can supply advice on any of these methods.

Continue to next page for notes and tips on each type of sheet. ->