Why I didn’t do this earlier I really don’t know! Glass topped storage containers in a metal tray complete with lid are just THE perfect place to store the ‘bead soup’ mixes I make up for my Sea Garden pieces, and last week I finally got one!
And while moving my bead soup mixes from their previous homes of many mini spaplock bags in bigger snaplock bags in a giant snaplock bag – I discovered some natural oval paua pieces I had forgotten I had. So I made myself an adjustable macrame bracelet – just because! I really love it and think I may make more to sell :)
Look what I have soaking in buckets in my backyard – paua loveliness courtesy of my diving mad brother-in-law over from their 2nd home in Aus to spend a few weeks touring the South Island with a couple of trips to his favourite diving spot in Hawkes Bay for good measure. Can you spot the North Island paua and the South?
One on the left below is North Island, right is South Island. NI paua tends to have more pink and green tones, SI paua is richer purples, blues and teals. Colder water and deeper makes all the difference and SI paua also tends to have thicker gnarlier outer shells.
Next step after soaking? Some serious cleaning and grinding. I’ll keep you posted with progress :)