Do you want to hang shells? Make Seashell Ornaments or a Shell Garland, for example? Then you need to know how to drill holes in shells. So here we go!
If you are serious about drilling holes in shells, then the Dremel tool is your friend. It's a small speedy and very handy plug-in drill that's easy to work with.
For the sturdy quahog shell I used a regular drill bit to make the two holes. For the thin shell, the type I used to make my Shell Garland, I chose a tiny drill bit. Push slightly down on the shell, but be careful not to crack it. Start with a test shell to get the feel for it.
This was my test shell. You see a close up of the drill bit I used on the right. If you want to make the hole larger, the grinding bit (on the left) works great.
Here's a glimpse into the Dremel tool kit.
And just to be safe, wear a safety mask and glasses! Do you want to hear about an ancient no drill technique? You grind down an area with a rock until thin enough to puncture a hole! I tried it, but wasn't patient enough to see it through.
This is what I did with the shells. Both received a coat of paint. The small shell is now a bottle necklace.
And the large shell makes a cute accent for the curtain. I hope this little tutorial helps you to successfully drill your shells!