A set of seashell wind chimes is a great reminder of a summer vacation at the shore. Kids and adults love to collect shells, and here's something creative to do with them!
This is an sea shell wind chime I made when I got bored.
<img src="/images/articles/shellwindchime.jpg" alt="shellwindchime.jpg" width="239" height="449">
By Joyce wis
Here are instructions for making the wind chimes. If you have any questions, please post them.
I wanted something different so I got a star for the top instead of a circle -- I use 6 lb. fishing string, sea shells of any kind you want and a small drill bit.
Just be careful drilling the hole in the shell, because I did break 6 drill bits doing this. I bought the shells from a craft store so the shells were a little bit harder the regular shells are. I drilled a hole in just one end.
At each of the points of the star I tied the strings to go down. I didn't measure the string I just guessed at it, but it is about 2 ft. long. I put 6 sea shells down each string. Where I tyed the string together on the top, I put a fishing lure. I left it longer to come down for the center one where I have 8 shells coming down. I hot glued each one were i did tied the knots at so they wouldn't come out.
I hope this did helps you a lot. I also just got though making another one with the shells from when I go out too eat at a Chinese place here. Instead of leaving the clam shells there and let them throw them out I brought them home with me -- washed them up and let them dry.
Then the next day I drilled a hole in each end of it. There is 4 strands coming down with another in the middle.
<img src="/images/articles/shellwindchimes2.jpg" width="400" height="984">
|RE: Sea Shell Wind Chime||08/14/2005|
|Joyce - OH MY GOSH! Those are beautiful. I too have a bunch of shells that I have picked up on trips and the like. That is absolutely beautiful. I don't have any kind of drill though so could you please make a suggestion? I'd appreciate it. I am just jumping up and down on the inside. Thanks so much for the inspiration.|
|RE: Sea Shell Wind Chime||04/26/2006|
By adoptedbyjohn (Guest Post) 08/06/2006
Just love this idea. I'm originally from Mass so miss my ocean, but I have lots of shells. Now I know what to do with them and give me a little ocean flavor here in Kansas.
Thanks a bunch
By Caribbean Imports - www.shelloutlet.com (Guest Post) 10/25/2006
By Bohemia (Guest Post) 11/28/2006
A great easy way to clean shells thoroughly is to put them in the dishwasher.
I love the wind chimes!
By (Guest Post) 04/11/2007
You should also wash the shells in water with bleach to kill any mites inside.Tha bleach makes them smell good also.
By pookedee (Guest Post) 07/12/2007
I found if you use a diamond bit with the dremel tool and drill the shell in water its done very easy. Dont use very much speed, hope this helps
so cool i live in new zealand by the beach and pick up lots of shells this is a fantastic idea thanks a million cheers dianne""
By Shell Girl (Guest Post) 02/21/2009
I'm attempting to make a "chandelier" from sea shells. This is for the fixture hanging over my bar that's casting resin with sea shells and Siesta Key sand in it. It should be gorgeous, but I'm having trouble with the holes in the shells. My drill bit is apparently too slow. Will try the Phillips screwdriver suggestion I read, but I'm determined to do this. I know it will look as outstanding as my bar top does (and it's AWESOME, if I do say so myself!).
This is so wonderful to find! I make seashell chimes as well! I used 2 CDs that were all scratched up (also save those free AOL ones that come in the mail!) glued them together, drilled holes where I wanted my shells to hang, then spray painted the CDs, glued shells and beads, sand and sea glass on them and proceeded to string my shells. I found that a dremel works great for smaller shells, but for larger, thicker shells, I used a masonary bit used for drilling cement! I also use beads for a filler on the strings! Here is one! thank you for sharing all these!
I found that the easiest way to make it is to look for shells with holes already in them. there are plenty of them since no one really picks them up. and they're usually in a perfect circle. Very easy to find.
I would also know what to get to drill the holes. I also have sea glass that I would like to use