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Abalone Shell ~ A Labor of Love Part 2

Updated on June 22, 2017
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I love the beach and I have walk miles and miles collecting shells and stones. I love to create one of a kind pendants with my finds.

Replicating Shell Fragments

I have several whole Abalone shells. I took one of the shell and wrapped it in a towel. Then I got a hammer and hit it several times to break it up in to small pieces.I put the pieces in my rock tumbler and followed the direction that came with the rock tumbler for the amount of grit I needed to use for each step. However I did not follow the directions recommend for each stage. Instead once a day I would check the progress of the shells. I decided to add a small handful of small smooth pebbles to the first 2 steps to create the effect natural tumbling in the Ocean. Below are pictures after each step.

Rock Tumbler ~ Abalone Shell ~Start

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Shell Outside
Shell Outside
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Shell Inside
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Broken Up

After 1st Grid

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1st Grid
1st Grid
1st Grid

2nd Grid

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2nd Grid
2nd Grid
2nd Grid

Pre-Polish

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Pre-Polish

Polishing

After using the final polishing step. I was not satisfied with the results I got. They did not shine enough. So I decided I would hand polish each one. It did not take long. I did while I watch TV. I used my Dremel tool, Felt polishing wheel #414 and white rouge. I use the white rouge because it will not change the color of the shell.The final results is a beautiful shine.

Polishing Abalone Shell

Final product

© 2015 Shelli Godinho

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