First month working progress : the
preparation of mother-of-pearl shells
To prepare the shells for any mother-of-pearl
inlaid work, Thai artisans use 2 types of shells. The first type
is Green Snail, called in Thai Hoi
Muk Fai or flame mother-of-pearl. Green Snail provides
the best type of mother-of-pearl for the inlaid work. When this
type of shell receives light, it will reflect in rainbow colours.
The second type of shell is the Black-lipped Pearl Oyster which
is called in Thai Hoi Muk Jarn.
With its flat shape like a disk, this type of shell can be cut into
straight lines for making the frames of the inlaid work.