I was thrilled when I first read about the Chinese having succeeded in synthesizing Nacre.
I love mother of pearl but large pieces have gotten very hard to find and very expensive. There is one company [Eagle] who seem to have cornered the market on shells large enough for pistol grips—and you will probably pay more for the grips than you paid for the pistol.
Another thing—if one could get slabs of Nacre it would allow some beautiful small carvings and sculptures.
Sadly this doesn't seem to be progressing very fast.
I was fascinated by the possibility of experimenting with different minerals instead of calcium carbonate.
The best that I can tell the process involves fairly high heat, a peristaltic pump and God knows what else.
I can't seem to find a complete nuts and bolts article telling exactly how the process works.
This is beyond my skill set at the moment—and I certainly don't expect anyone to do my research for me. I would like to know if this is doable or if it takes too much equipment and expertise...
And could someone point me at the texts that I'd need to understand in order to mess with this...
I mean that kid in Australia came up with a whole new way to create diamonds in his garage workshop.
Edited by SaxonViolence, 11 May 2017 - 11:22 PM.