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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I buy Ocean Shell Studios products from overseas?
Yes, all of our products are safe to send overseas, and we dispatch products around the world every day.

What will the shipping and freight cost be?
Please go to this link to see shipping and freight estimates. The actual cost is calculated at check out.

How is New Zealand Abalone Shell harvested?
New Zealand Abalone Shell, or Pāua, is harvested under a quota management system. Commercial divers using a blunt metal tool, which doubles as a measuring device, loosen the Pāua from the rock. Each Pāua is recorded by the diver who is wearing a data logger, which tracks their location and how many Pāua are collected. The information collected is used by the New Zealand Pāua industry council to ensure the Pāua resource is managed sustainably.

 

LUMEA

What does Luméa mean?
Luméa is our global shell materials brand. Ocean Shell Studios is proud to use Luméa shell products. Seeing the Luméa brand assures you of a premium, genuine, sustainable, quality product. For more details visit our Luméa website: https://lumea.co/about-us/who-we-are

What is Luméa Shell Veneer Sheet?
Luméa genuine shell veneers are light, flexible and versatile. Finely sliced strips of genuine shell are glued onto a 0.3 mm flat sheet.
The shells are first cut into strips and then sliced into featherlike, paper thin pieces. A perfect material for inlaying and easy to cut into intricate designs.

Where can shell veneer be used?
Shell veneer sheets can be used on wall panels, furniture, interior design projects, tiling, splashbacks, musical instruments, art and craft projects, scrapbooking, giftware, souvenirs.
Anything that is exposed to continual water or severe heat need to be used in conjunction with other applications.

What standard sizes are available?

New Zealand Abalone (Pāua)
White Mother of Pearl
Black Mother of Pearl
Abalone Pearl                  

230mm x 130mm,  200mm x 200mm   300mm x 300mm
230mm x 130mm,  200mm x 200mm,  300mm x 300mm
230mm x 130mm,  200mm x 200mm,  300mm x 300mm
230mm x 130mm,  200mm x 200mm,  300mm x 300mm

What is the backing and finish?
Backing: Polyurethane spray (0.3mm)
Finish: For Pāua, we use a UV cured acrylic gloss urethane. Spray coated as 100% solids coating with excellent resistance to abrasion, moisture, petroleum solvents and mineral and vegetable oils, alkalis and acids. UV stable.
For all other shell types, we use Urethane Acrylic Gloss finish. A unique high performance two component finish coat with excellent resistance to abrasion, moisture, petroleum solvents and mineral and vegetable oils, alkalis and acids. UV stable.

How do I cut and apply the veneer?
Cutting and Fixing: Veneer is easily cut using scissors, a craft knife, Stanley knife or a router. Laser cutters are required for intricate designs or inlays. The sheet can be fixed or glued to a range of surfaces with general purpose contact adhesives, single or 2-pot epoxy glues or double-sided tape.
Commercial grade Peel and Stick Adhesive (double sided tape) available for all our sheet sizes.

For applying to wood, MDF, metal, glass and acrylic, use contact adhesives, epoxy resin or double-sided tape.

For applying to fibre glass, use polyester resin.

These recommendations are a general guide only. For more specific details please contact us.
Please ensure compatibility of glue with the substrate material or the material you are applying the sheet to.

Preparation:  ensure the acrylic back of the sheet is finely sanded as well as the surface you are applying the shell veneer to. Surfaces to be free of dust, oils, grease and lubricants

Resistance
The veneer is resistant to cold and boiling water and suitable for use in bathrooms and kitchens. Product should not be submerged in water or subject to high amounts or continual water without additional protection.
Hot items should not be placed on sheet without protective coating.
Not suitable around areas with excessive heat, e.g. fireplaces, directly behind cook tops.
If placed in direct sunlight shell products may fade. Not always suitable for use as flooring material or bench tops subject to heavy use.