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« on: August 13, 2012 07:30:21 PM »

Hello!  I received a GINORMOUS bucket of spent bullet casings from my sweet baby sister & brother in-law.  They both thought I could maybe do something with them.  I'd never worked with bullet casings as a medium before, so I tried out a few different styles of decorating them and this is what I came up with:













It was quite an adventure for me because it got me to actually use the soldering iron that I picked up awhile back to add the rings to the top of the casings for hanging.  I also finally had some raw brass on hand and got to try the ammonia & salt fume patina technique, which is how the one blue bullet got so blue.  I'm a huge fan of the result, but the smell is something to be reckoned with. I really like the one casing with the butterfly wings, but that's mostly because I'm from the 90s.  I'm also quite fond of the shells that I painted with nail polish, but I can't quite figure out what to do with them to actually make them jewelry.  Suggestions are always welcome, and thanks so much for taking the time to look!
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2012 08:10:29 PM »

wow they are all amazing!! I might get my hubby to bring some home to me to tinker with! beautiful Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012 09:22:05 PM »

I have WAAAAAAY more than I could ever hope to use on my own... I have a five gallon bucket full.  If you (or anyone else for that matter) would like an assortment of shells just PM me and we can work something out!  <3
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012 12:11:56 AM »

So pretty and much better than the usual boring polished metal pens and letter openers that these things are usually made into.  I particularly love the third one with the diamantes spilling out of the end, and the battered blue with the clear brown stone.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012 10:03:29 AM »

These are awesome! I also make bullet jewelry, and we actually drill holes right through the bullets themselves. As long as you have a sturdy vice grip, you should have no problem being able to drill right through.

I would also suggest taking some cleaner on a qtip and spinning it along the inside to help remove any excess gun powder.

Sanding the outside lightly and then putting a thin coat of paint on also gives you a pretty cool effect  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012 04:35:02 PM »

Interesting ideas. I have some 22 shells that I'm not actually doing anything with, but plan to every time I see someone else do it!

You might want to get some Vintaj Patinas (they sell them at Hobby lobby if you can get there before they are sold out.) It's not a real patina process, it's a paint made to adhere well to metal. The bullets might look nice with some of the colors on them.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2012 06:44:34 AM »

These are wonderful! I love that they are recycled!
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2012 09:24:36 AM »

wow! strange item to work with Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2013 10:13:43 PM »

I see that this is a few months old, but I still want to add my 2 cents.  Tongue

I made a bullet casing necklace last night by drilling a hole through the dimple in the primer since it's usually centered (unless it's a 22, then the casing is marked off to the side.  that's the current problem I'm dealing with).  I used my fingers to hold the casing while drilling the hole, but the worst mistake I made was not having access to my Dremel.  Undecided  all I had was a manual drill like this: http://eurotool.com/products/12_PC_DRILL_SET-2382-79.html.  took me FOREVER to get through the metal and my hand was pretty sore after.  I then used an upeye (http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/H204310FY) glued in place with E6000, and added a jumpring to make it into a pendant.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2013 11:35:03 PM »

good gift and you know its like unique and the fashion which never goes out.  Wink
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