You may remember we came back from our recent trip to the Isle of Man laden with shells and driftwood. I can never resist bringing things back from the seaside, but I never know what to do with them once I get home. Something of the beside-the-seaside joy is lost, and they tend to be left in carrier bags to gather dust.
Katie from A Touch of Domesticity suggested a nice idea for the shells: a simple one strand mobile. I loved the idea and on a very rainy Sunday last weekend, I finally made it!
I’ve always thought that drilling holes through shells was nigh on impossible, so I enlisted the help of James and his electric drill. You will need some very, very strong drill bits – we used these Bosch Tungsten carbide tipped bits.
The trick is to think of it as grinding, rather than drilling. Go slowly and use something like a cork mat to stop the shell spinning. These were thick shells and there was a lot of messy dust. Goggles are probably a good idea if you are using thinner, more brittle shells. It took a few minutes per shell – although the more pressure you can put on the drill, the quicker it goes.
Once you’ve dealt with the drilling, you can start the fun bit. Gather your shells, string, beads and anything else you want to use. I found these green wooden beads in Tiger and I also used a few large shell beads from an old broken necklace.
Simply thread the shells and beads onto your strings, spacing them out with some triple knots. I started mine off with a hanging loop and went on from there!
Our string of shells is now happily hanging on our kitchen chalkboard. I can’t wait to get started on more shell crafts soon as I still have masses of tiny shells left! Any ideas?