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« on: November 07, 2014 07:57:28 PM »

I have been collecting various ammo casings on and off for awhile - just a small stash.  Somehow word got around to DH's hunting buddies that I was looking for shell casings to work with and I ended up with a huge zip bag of them this Fall.  So I decided to make a set of keychains for DH to give to his hunting buddies/family when he went away deer hunting with them this week.

These are the rifle casings they collected for me, and I thought they would be perfect to etch, so I used my Sharpie resist method to add the phrase "I would rather be hunting", and the set of deer tracks, then I etched them in an acid bath.  I then punched the holes to add the rings and chain.  I added a patina and used microcrystalline wax to burnish it.  I just thought it would be a cute souvenir for DH to give to his friends/family - I do wish I was a bit neater with the writing, but it was a bit hard with the curve, and being consistent with the scribe.








I posted a bit more on my blog... I have a good dozen more, and am thinking that I would cut them down, and etch a few more of them, for ornament bases or something like that.

I have to try removing the plastic from the shell casings and see what I can do with them too.
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2014 11:35:53 PM »

A very clever use for old brass casings.  I think the slight wonkiness of the lettering adds to the natural look of the thing. These are a lovely little gift for hunters or anyone who loves to shoot.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2014 07:32:28 AM »

Thanks... that's what I am hoping the guys think Smiley

I am thinking I would like to etch some of the remaining ones in something more feminine and ornate, as bases for Christmas ornaments - I think DH would like that.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2014 05:37:17 PM »

Great and original gifts! They're funny and a clever reuse of old casings. I bet the guys were happy with them!
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2014 07:40:41 PM »

So very clever with the etching!
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2014 02:03:55 AM »

Thank you - to be honest, it was also a test project to make sure that they could successfully etch with this method, before trying something more time consuming.  DH comes home today, so I will find out if they liked them or not.  Or for that matter, if he even remembered to take and give them!
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2014 12:06:22 PM »

This is clever!  May have to try your acid bath method, see if I can do this, too.  Love it!
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2014 03:56:51 AM »

Definitely - I have been etching that way for a couple of years.  I was a bit worried as DH said that some casings are steel with a very thin brass overlay - so be careful of that - too long and you may have a rusty mess.  The bottom, where the caliber was stamped, may have been that, but after placing in the patina bath, I gave everything a hearty wiping down, and light scour with fine steel wool and it seemed fine after that.
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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2015 09:10:50 AM »

My Dad has a million of these and I know he'd love a keychain like this. I bet hubby and all of his buddies use them all the time. Great idea to etch them.

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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2015 09:25:40 AM »

Thank you Smiley  I just told DH that this project made the cut - he's pretty happy about it too Smiley
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