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Picture of Turtle shell from coconut

Coconut shell is a great material to make small pendants out of, ass they can look great rough, slightly sanded or polished. As the shell is pretty hard, but relatively easy to work, and something most people have access to is an ideal material for anyone with the interest for small wood like project.

In this example I will show you how to make a turtle shell pendant out off a coconut shell, but it could be anything you want, you just have to remember that the shell has a curve to it.

Tools used:
Dremel with a round cutting bit
Wood Burning Pen
Belt sander (or grid 80 sandpaper)
Bandsaw (or any saw at hand)

Material used:
Coconut shell
Leather cord

Step 1: Shape of the Shell

Picture of Shape of the Shell

First you have to decide om a shape/design for your pendant.

I wanted to make a turtle shell, but as my memory isn’t the best so I searched the internet for turtle shell patterns to get some inspiration and drew the basic shape directly on the coconut, with a marker, to make it easier to see.

If you don’t trust your own drawing skills or want to make it symmetric you could try drawing your design on some graph paper. Just keep drawing the shape till you like it. When you have the perfect design to your liking you can copy it to baking paper and then transfer it to the shell.

I'd love to try it but the only problem is the burning part :v i don't have anything like that, neither any substitut. :(
That is a
shame, you could try with a thin black or very dark brown marker.

It will not
give the same reflection as a burning, but just by outlining the borders it will
make a great visual effect… and you would avoid the burning smell :)
What did you burn the shell with?
JC the hobbyist (author)  winneremerald124 months ago
I used a woodburning
pen with a thin round tip.
Thanks! Where can I find one of those?
JC the hobbyist (author)  winneremerald124 months ago
They should be pretty easy to find on eBay, Amazon or other places that deal with hobby articles
seamster4 months ago
Very nice! I made a lot of stuff out of coconut shells when I was younger. It's a lot of fun! : )
abuhafss seamster4 months ago

Would you please name some of them so that I can get ideas what else could be made from the shell.

seamster abuhafss4 months ago
I made a lot of bowls and cups, a coconut bikini, and even a mini potato cannon that shot nerf darts and little potato chunks . . not recommended! : )
This looks great! That's the perfect material for a turtle shell :)
TeddiB4 months ago
I love it! My mind is jumping from idea to idea with the coconut shell! Thank you so much for sharing.