Introduction: Conch Shell Horn
hello, this is anders625 reporting to you from the Caiman islands. In this instructible I will be showing you how to make a horn out of a conch shell. The conch is a common name that is applied to a number of different medium to large-sized sea snails or their shells. The term generally applies to large sea snails whose shell has a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal (in other words, the shell comes to a point at both ends).
True conches are marine gastropod molluscs in the family Strombidae, specifically in the genus Strombus and other closely related genera such as Eustrombus.
Many species also are often called "conch", but are not in the family Strombidae, including Melongena species (family Melongenidae), and the horse conch Pleuroplocagigantea(family Fasciolariidae). They also include the sacred chank or more correctly shankha shell (Turbinellapyrum) and otherTurbinella species in the family Turbinellidae. These shells are illegal to take when there in the water but once they wash up on the shore it's a race to get them with all the tourists going after them, along with the hermit crabs reusing them as homes. These are fun and easy to make, so when your on vacation next be sure to look for one to make this.
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we will start by figuring out which side to work on, the side with all the points is where you will need to work. What we will be doing is cutting the tip off, or breaking what ever you prefer.
in this step you will cut the tip off. The easiest way to do this is with a hack saw, but I don have that here in Cayman, so I will just break it off by hitting the tip on a rock. If you cut it with a hack saw you will need to cut it an inch inwards that the inner cavity is exposed then you will need to sand down the edges until it's soft enough to put your mouth on with out cutting it.
here is what It should look like when your done.
to use it, put your fingers in the large camber that runs vertical to the hole you just made.
now pinch your lips together and blow. This is extremely difficult to use (I haven't yet lasted it), but practice makes perfect, so don't get frustrated and keep trying.
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