How to Cut an Abalone Shell

Save
Cut an Abalone Shell
Cut an Abalone Shell (Image: Raisin bun)

Abalone shells are used for jewelry making as well as for inlays in wood crafts and musical instruments. Cutting the shell can be slightly challenging. The most important thing to remember is that the shell dust is toxic to breathe, therefore, the use of a dust mask while cutting shells is imperative. Cutting shells is not any different than cutting most other materials as long as you select the proper tools for the job.

Things You'll Need

  • Side cutter or piercing saw with a diamond blade
  • Sandpaper

Cut the shell with the side cutter if you have larger amounts of shell to remove, and the work doesn't need to be detailed. Nip off the excess shell with the cutters.

Cut the shell with the piercing saw if the work is detailed. Be sure to select a narrow blade and cut slowly. Cutting corners carefully is a must if you do not wish to break either the shell or the saw blade.

Sand any rough edges.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Check It Out

DIY Wood Transfer Christmas Ornaments

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!