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Old 05-13-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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Question Cutting seashells

I want to saw old, weathered seashells to a suitable size and shape for jewelry. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to do that? Those big power saws scare me. Are there manual tile saws? I know nothing about this.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:06 PM   #2
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Check out a diamond tech diamond band saw, they make small ones for stained glass craftpersons. Link here- Diamond tech

Also, some woodworkers scroll saws have optional attachments for a small diamond wire and a water feed, you'll have to find that yourself.

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Old 05-13-2008, 06:22 PM   #3
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You can find small wet saws for gem and mineral cutting on ebay.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:46 PM   #4
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Shells are pretty soft in the scheme of things, but can chip on the edges some times. You could probably cut them with a coping saw frame and a fine metal cutting blade. There may be special blades for this handsaw. The harder thing is to hold small pieces while you cut it.
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my wife makes mobilers and tables ,mirrors etc. she uses a dremel with carbide cutting wheel to cut, and a small burr to drill holes. hope this helps>Marvin
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