Put in a hole in a seashell by securing it to a board with a clamp and drilling through the shell. This takes only a few minutes. A drill, a diamond bit, a spring clamp, two large clamps, safety glasses and gloves and a 2-by-4-foot board are needed.
- Choose a good shell
Choose a shell that is flat and thick in order to be able to drill a hole successfully without cracking the shell.
- Prepare the shell
Prepare the shell by washing it to remove all grit and dirt. Dry it thoroughly.
- Place the shell in the clamp
Place the shell on a 2-by-4-foot board with the flat part of the shell flush against the wood. Secure the shell to the board with a spring clamp. Then use two large clamps to secure the board to a flat surface. This keeps the board steady while drilling the hole.
- Put on safety equipment
Put on safety glasses and gloves before drilling the holes to protect your eyes and skin from flying shards of shell.
- Drill the hole
Use a rotary or standard drill with a diamond bit to slowly drill a hole in the shell. Make sure to hold the drill straight. Drill slowly at a speed of 35,000 rpm or less.