Return to the Crafts and Decorations Forum | Post a Follow-Up

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

Follow-Up Postings:

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

RE: Drilling a hole in sea shells - how?

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

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.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Crafts and Decorations Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here