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Paua Abalone


Paua Abalone is a unique species of abalone found only in New Zealand’s environmentally pure coastal waters. The interior shell is extremely colorful and exhibits opalescent blues, rich greens, and luminous fiery flashes. Often used for jewelry, woodworkers and other craft artists are now using this exquisite material as inlay in their projects.

PIECES - $24.95, 2oz.

Our pieces range in size from 5 – 15+mm.

STRIPS - Sold in one-color packs of three. Strip size approximately 230 mm x  3.8 mm x 0.7 mm / 9.2" x 0.15" x 0.03" (L x W x D) / Ibis is MOP, all other colors are Paua Abalone.

These strips fit perfectly into our BOLD-sized Ring Core Blanks, all woods and black Ceramic Bold.

Our Paua Abalone and Mother of Pearl Strips add a beautiful, gleaming seam of color to any inlay. Simply peel the sticky backing off the strip, lay it into a ring groove or other channel, add resin (CA glue, UV-cure resin), and voila! Easy Inlay made even easier. 


SHEETS - $39.95 Sheet size approximately 235 mm x 70 mm x 0.7 mm / 9.25" x 2.75" x 0.03" (L x W x D)

Our Paua Abalone sheets let you add a pop of bold color to any inlay. Easy to cut to any shape, including laser cuts, you can simply peel the PSA sticky backing off the sheet, lay it into a channel, add resin (CA glue, UV-cure resin, epoxy), and voila! Easy Inlay made even easier. 

We can ship only to US-based addresses. Please see below for International Partners. 


Note that these products are made from nature: there may be variations in color and minor impurities which add to the overall natural aesthetic.


Easy Inlay imports New Zealand’s Paua Abalone under U.S. Fish & Wildlife Permit #A14662

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  - U.S. Only

  • Large, 2 ounces contain about a hundred pieces in various shapes


  • Medium, 2 ounces contain a few hundred pieces in various shapes


  • Small, 2 ounces contains hundreds of pieces in various shapes (while supplies last)

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    Simple Inlay

    William Wood-Write


     Makers Central


     Wood Workers Workshop.

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                     wood products can expose you to wood dust, a

                     substance known to the State of California to cause cancer.  Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection.  For more information go to

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Mohs Hardness Scale

On the Mohs Hardness Scale, Paua Abalone has a hardness of 2.5 and is easily sanded using silicon carbine (carborundum) or aluminum oxide (corundum) sand paper, which has a hardness of 9.0. It is durable and provides an excellent surface to polish and/or finish.

Mohs scale of mineral hardness is named after the scientist, Friedrich Mohs, who invented a scale of hardness based on the ability of one mineral to scratch another. Rocks are made up of one or more minerals.


According to the scale, Talc is the softest: it can be scratched by all other materials. Gypsum is harder: it can scratch talc but not calcite, which is even harder. The hardness of a mineral is mainly controlled by the strength of the bonding between the atoms and partly by the size of the atoms. It is a measure of the resistance of the mineral to scratching.


"Mohs scale of mineral hardness." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 12 Jun 2017, 12:47 UTC.

26 Sep 2017, 18:25

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