I was talking about these Best Friend Necklaces a week ago. How that I have such a Love/Hate relationship with them. It takes me 45min to an hour to cut the 12 Gauge shell in half. Not to mention all the time hand polishing it before & then again after & then placing it & the crystals in. I actually put the crystals in twice, once to see how it lays out & then again to adhere them. They always look so incredibly beautiful when they are finished though.