I'd like to make shell jewelry but small shells are so fragile. Any suggestions on what I can coat them with?
Cindyluhu from Melbourne, FL
I haven't tried this but I think that I read somewhere that if you want to use shells in jewelry making you can use a dremil drill with a very small tip. You are still going to break quite a few probably as they are just plain thin generally. Hope this helps.
I heard that if you fill the shell with water and then use a drill it wont break.
You can coat the seashells with clear nailpoliss. I also like using irriedescent or pearly nail polish to enhance some shells. Instead of using drills to make holes in the shells I use a safety pin and slowly work a hole through it and I haven't had one break on me yet. Also, if you do coat shells with nail polish, string some fishing line through the holes first so the holes won't be covered by the polish then re-string it when you make your jewelry (you can also hang the shell to dry by doing this.)
By Sherri Lahey
I use a drill with a very fine tip. I haven't had many problems at all and I work with very small shells. If you would like to check out some of my creations, feel free to check out my website: http://www.hbshellsandsea.com (09/22/2006)
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