Shell mobile – using a DREMEL to drill holes in shells!


I love crafting. I especially love crafting with my kids. Recently, however, it has been more and more difficult to get them involved. That is until I pulled out my birthday present from my father – a DREMEL 4000!!!! My aim was to drill a small hole in the shells we collected on the beach over vacation because I wanted to turn them into a SHELL MOBILE. A few minutes after I started, my son took over the job and drilled a hole in all our shells.

The most difficult part of this project was to drill a hole without breaking the shell. After a couple of shattered shells we came up the following:

1. Clamp a WET sponge onto a piece of wood. Slip in a shell.

2. Hold the dremel horizontally (we used a diamond bit).

3. Wet the shell, drill for three seconds and wet the shell. Keep repeating this cycle until you have completed your hole. Keeping the shell is wet is essential – drilling will heat the shell and make it very fragile. Wetting the shell solved this problem.

We also used a large broken shell fragment for the top of our mobile.

Decide how you want to hang the shells – string together using monofilament. I ended up doing the knots but we hung the mobile up together! A great craft project done together!

All you have to do now is find the perfect place to hang it up!

Have fun
Alison