Hole in shell from boiling

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Hole in shell from boiling

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:11 pm

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So I bought this beautiful turbo shell from Naples Sea Shell Co. I was boiling it I’m dechlorinated water with some other shells and when I was testing to see if it was water proof I discovered a hole in itImage is there any way I can fix it? Silicone? Bummed..


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Re: Hole in shell from boiling

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Hermiehomes4Gretchen wrote:Image
So I bought this beautiful turbo shell from Naples Sea Shell Co. I was boiling it I’m dechlorinated water with some other shells and when I was testing to see if it was water proof I discovered a hole in itImage is there any way I can fix it? Silicone? Bummed..


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I found this answer from a previous HCA discussion thread.
Also, I got the same shell for my golf ball size crab from Naples. I boiled mine too but no holes. Sorry you weren't so lucky. ImageImage

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Re: Hole in shell from boiling

Post by Scarletfire » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:18 am

Do you know whether there was a hold befor eboiling? If so, you cN ask for a refund/exchange.

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Re: Hole in shell from boiling

Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:37 am

Scarletfire wrote:Do you know whether there was a hold befor eboiling? If so, you cN ask for a refund/exchange.

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There wasn’t a hole in it before, I checked


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Post by wodesorel » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:20 am

This is why I don't use pearlized shells myself. In order for the mother of pearl layer to be revealed, the outer normal colored layers are ground off. This means the shell has been made extremely thin and brittle. Any places that were ground too deeply will end up shattering easily, leaving holes, and even cracking entirely. These types of shells cannot stand up to even short drops onto solid objects.

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Post by Hermiehomes4Gretchen » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:04 am

wodesorel wrote:This is why I don't use pearlized shells myself. In order for the mother of pearl layer to be revealed, the outer normal colored layers are ground off. This means the shell has been made extremely thin and brittle. Any places that were ground too deeply will end up shattering easily, leaving holes, and even cracking entirely. These types of shells cannot stand up to even short drops onto solid objects.
That makes sense. They are just so beautiful.


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Post by Maddamay32 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:51 am

wodesorel wrote:This is why I don't use pearlized shells myself. In order for the mother of pearl layer to be revealed, the outer normal colored layers are ground off. This means the shell has been made extremely thin and brittle. Any places that were ground too deeply will end up shattering easily, leaving holes, and even cracking entirely. These types of shells cannot stand up to even short drops onto solid objects.
No wonder! The ONLY shells I've had crack or chip on me are my pearl shells. Thank goodness for you, I've been so paranoid about boiling or even moving my shells since I found a crack. All it took was my hermits climbing around on the shells for them to break and be useless.

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Post by curlysister » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:31 am

My big crab seems to prefer lighter shells, which the pearl turbos are. What other type of shell is light but more sturdy?
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Re: Hole in shell from boiling

Post by wodesorel » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:55 pm

curlysister wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:31 am
My big crab seems to prefer lighter shells, which the pearl turbos are. What other type of shell is light but more sturdy?
Turbo fluctuosus, also sold as striped turbo. The snails are known in the pet trade as Mexican Turbos. These tend to be pretty sturdy but much thinner than Tapestries and are available in the same sizes. Like most shells though, anything over 1 & 1/8 opening has become a rare find. All of my big guys are atill in these or Tapestries, even though they could be wearing much larger shells. The weight of the larger ones (Jades) must not be worth it.

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