How to Drill a Hole in a Seashell (Without a Drill)

Whether you're making a wind chime or a necklace drilling holes into a shell can be difficult. Using an electric drill can be dangerous, difficult, and sometimes crack the shell. Here's how to do it safely and easily.

Steps

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    Select your shell. Take the following things into account:
    • Thickness: a thin shell may crack more easily, but a thicker shell is more difficult and takes longer.
    • Size: a large shell is easier to work with, but make sure you have the right size for your project.
    • Layers: some shells have layers that can crack off leaving a prettier layer underneath.
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    Decide where to put the hole. Make sure you have room for size of hole you want. Remember the closer to the edge the easier to crack.
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    Mark your location with a small dot.
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    Take scissors or a pocket knife and scratch into the shell on top of the dot 1-2 1/2 millimeters deep. Be careful.
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    Put the small sharp edge of your utensil into the deepest part of the scratch marks.
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    Twist the utensil slowly, pushing into the shell. Continue twisting vigorously until you reach the other side of the shell, twist for 5 more seconds then stop.
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    Blow into the hole to clear out the dust, then appraise the holes size. If necessary, twist more times in the hole until you reach the desired size.
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    Rinse the shell under a sink and clean your utensil and workspace.

Tips

  • Use a very sharp utensil.
  • Shell dust can be harmful to your lungs so wear appropriate gear.

Warnings

  • This project creates "shell dust" and is fairly messy.

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