Attaching Sea Shells to Fishing Net?

I want to attach seashells to a fishing net to hang on my privacy fence. I thought about drilling a hole and tying them, but I am afraid of cracking the shells. Then I thought about glueing. But I would need a glue that could withstand temperature changes. It feels like over 100F in summer and some 32F in winter. There is also a lot of rain and possible tropical force winds. Is there such a glue or should I scrap this project?


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June 20, 20200 found this helpful
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I live in Florida with the same kinds of weather and the only glue that has worked for me with outdoor projects is E6-000.
I know there are other glues but I have not tried them.

Gorilla glue gets bad reviews and some others could be very expensive for a large job.

You'll have to figure out a way to have enough shell surface for glue to attach to the net or maybe push netting into the curves of the shells?

You could pay a visit to your local Ace or True Value hardware store and ask for advice as they will have all kinds of glues.


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I live in Tahiti and do a lot of work with shells. I have found out the hard way that no matter what glue you do use over time with the weather it will come loose and fall off. I finally figured out that if you use a drill press with a small diamond bit drill bit that you can drill holes in the shells without breaking them. It took a lot of trial and error to find the best way to drill holes in shells. I had to visit a company who prepares shells for sale that can be used in decoration They showed me the thinner shells can easily be drilled with a diamond drill bit that is very thin as long as you do not put too much pressure on the drill press when you are drilling them.


I have a Dremel that I can hook up like this that allows me to easily drill the small holes i the shells without breaking them. Just make sure you do not go too close to the top or edge of the shells when you are drilling them and leave a bit of room to make your hole.


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Yes I agree. No glue will hold this, especially to a rope that we assume will blow in the breeze making the affixed part always liable to break.

The dremel drill is a good idea - it is probably easier than yu think

Alternately (and this might be very time consuming) you could wrap each shell in copper wire or some other nice wire, or even fishing line, and affix that to the net.


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E6000 Glue, Craft glue, and Hot glue are the best to use for this project. These are 3 great options for your project!


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