“I really appreciate the extra mile you guys are going to make sure your customers are satisfied. I have a degree in business and I've studied all that stuff about how companies are doing their best to keep their customer satisfied through marketing and incentives, but I can't think of another company (in any field) that makes me as satisfied as you guys do. I'm sure there are some places that sell materials here in Japan, but even with extra cost of shipping and customs fee, I prefer to buy from LMI, because I can trust LMI's service and quality of materials. No marketing and incentives can match the solid good service and I'm a very happy LMI customer.”

- I.T. Japan

ZipFlex Strips

ZipFlex strips are the newest innovation designed to make inlaying shell purflings and shell rosettes a snap. The strips are 15" long with a depth of .055". The actual shell width is listed under each SKU,  but there is a very thin rubber strip on each side of the shell keeping it intact that measures about .008" (.004" each side). This strip ends up looking like a super thin purfling line and it is very attractive.
The blue paua is the same as regular paua except that the shell blanks are sorted out for their bluer color. So the Blue Paua is also green and blue (like the Paua) but tends to have much more blue in it.

The traditional method to install shell purfling has been to install a Teflon strip along with the purfling elements and then, when all is dry and set-up, the Teflon is removed, leaving an open channel into which shell strips are inlaid. On the other hand, since it is flexible, ZipFlex strips can be installed right along with the purflings and binding in one simple step.

Note: We recommend that you don't rout your binding or purfling channels until you have your material in hand.

Due to United States Fish and Wildlife Service restrictions, we are unable to ship shell outside the U.S.A.

SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
SS47ZFBP ZipFlex Blue Paua Abalone, .047"
Yes $27.50
SS64ZFBP ZipFlex Blue Paua Abalone, .064"
Yes $28.85
SS79ZFBP ZipFlex Blue Paua Abalone, .079"
Yes $31.50
SS55ZFP ZipFlex Paua Abalone, .047"
Yes $26.00
SS47ZFSGA ZipFlex Green Abalone, .047"
Yes $25.60
SS79ZFSGA ZipFlex Green Abalone, .079"
Yes $29.60
SS64ZFMOP ZipFlex MOP, .064"
Yes $27.25