How to drill a hole into a seashell
I interrupt your month-long of scheduled holiday posts to share with you a completely un-holiday related tutorial.
Today I am going to show you how to drill a hole into a seashell- without breaking it.
Of course, if you want to take these cute little seashells and turn them into Christmas ornaments or holiday crafts I am certainly not going to stop you 🙂
This little project is very easy if you have the right tools. All that’s needed is a sea shell and a small hand drill.
The hand drill was purchased from Michaels craft store in the jewelry making department. It can be purchased anywhere jewelry making supplies are sold or from a hardware store. It is also available on Ebay here. The little drill is used for making holes in sheets of metal.
The shells were also purchased from the craft store. Normally, I would just go to the beach and pick some up but it’s winter and I am in hibernation mode. I feel like I need to warn you, if you buy shells from the craft store be prepared for a horrible stench when you open the bag.
Apparently the shells are not cleaned very well before being sealed up in an airtight bag. What’s left of the crustaceans sits there fermenting for months until purchased. It smells exactly what you would expect it to, so be prepared to wash the shells.
Let’s get drilling
A regular drill is very heavy and there is a good chance that trying to drill into a delicate seashell would cause the shell to break. With this hand drill light pressure is used to slowly drill a hole into the seashell.
To make the hole simply mark on the shell where the hole will go, place the hand drill bit and start turning in a clockwise motion.
Once drilled through, reverse direction to remove the drill bit.
Now the shell can be hung or used in a craft project.
What would you use these shells for? Let me know in the comments and check out these other projects I have using sea urchins: