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Drilling a hole in sea shells - how?

Posted by Toomuchglass (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 27, 05 at 18:55

I have ton of sea shells - that I would like to incoprporate into windchimes. Is there a secret to drilling them ? I'm SCARED !!!! LOL


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RE: Drilling a hole in sea shells - how?

Found this site. Hope it helps!

Here is a link that might be useful: Turning Shells into Beads


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RE: Drilling a hole in sea shells - how?

That is GREAT !!!! THANK YOU !!!!!!


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RE: Drilling a hole in sea shells - how?

a regular drill bit won't work, but a small grinding head either in a dremel tool or even in a pin vise works just great. I have a small, cone-shaped bit that I use for drilling holes in coin blanks, shells, and bunches of things-

these are the bits that look like a stone, not the 'burr' bits, or the diamond bits- the diamond bits cut really fast, but need to be water-cooled if used with power tools- and unless you have a flex-shaft for your dremel, water and power don't mix.

I'm all for ancient techniques- but I don't have 5 minutes to drill a single hole in a single shell.


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