When I was in the Bahamas, this conch shell was gifted to me by coconutdaddy1 (checkout how he acquires his coconuts). My knowledge of conch was mostly non-existent, except for the fact that here in FL, a lot of people eat variations of conch. I’d never tried it and when I found out conch was a slug, I had no desire to try it.
Upon receiving the shell, I was instructed to take it home and oil it. I waited two weeks to do something and by that time, the outer layer of the shell had hardened. I decided to tackle the project this weekend.
Check out this easy How-To:
After 30 minutes, dispose of the water outside. Pouring down the drain may cause clogging
The bleach kills microscopic fauna and remove any smells that the shell might emit. It will also loosen barnacles and other attachments
I let my shell soak a bit longer because I wanted as much off as possible. I ended up letting it soak over night.
If you notice, there are still some spots of sediment from the original outer layer of the shell. Those can be picked off using a tooth pick, tooth brush, wire brush, etc.
I am quite pleased with how things turned out. I’ve seen some pretty creative ways to use the conch; check them out and be inspired!
Create a Conch Centerpiece
Conch Shell House
Conch Shell Tie Back for Curtains
Conch Shell Lamp
Did you work on any projects this weekend?