I like quirky jewelry - especially if it happens to be created from other things. Bullet necklaces are especially unique and interesting, so I decided to try my hand at making one. One thing I was sure of going into this project is that I wouldn't be drilling into any bullet casings (or shells?) to add a loop for hanging - not even if they were empty or used or whatever. Instead, I attached a wooden bead with a ring using glue. Look at that - crisis diverted!
You will need:
- empty metal bullet shell
- wooden bead to fit on the opening of the shell
- metal jewelry pin
- plastic pony beads (that fit inside the shell)
- E-6000 glue or another strong adhesive
- pliers and wire clippers
First, you must find an empty bullet shell. My shell is from Goodwill Outlet Center (you can literally find anything in those bins). Ask your gun toting friends, visit a shooting range, or purchase them from Etsy - another place you can find almost anything.
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Before you break out the glue, see how many beads will fit inside the shell. The wooden bead should sit comfortably on top with no gap between the rim of the shell. Its okay if your wooden bead does not touch the pony beads below it, you can bridge that gap with lots of glue.