Bullet Casing Earrings...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Happy Wednesday you guys! Did you enjoy the Holiday weekend? We went to Louisville to visit my family and had a nice relaxing weekend and then it seems the second I returned home I was hit with a cold that is being mean and putting a damper on my week thus far!






I'm sure y'all have probably seen these all up on Etsy & Pinterest. I adore them!

Since the hubbs and I are gun owners and we go to the shooting range often I decided to try and make a pair of these for myself. We have to clean up the shells at the F.O.P range ourselves so why not recycle a few of them? How hard could it be, right?

I had no idea where to start here except that I knew I needed to figure out how to remove the end of the bullet to turn it into an earring. It was the Mr. who came up with the idea to use a pipe cutter to cut them...I was ready to break out my drimmel and go to town. Although I didn't try it my way, I think his ultimately would be the easiest.



We bought one of these fancy doodads for around 7 bucks at Home Depot and it worked flawlessly.



All you do is tighten it down around the bullet and then spin and spin so that the blade cuts through the bullet with each turn. After a couple turns we had to tighten it down a little more and keep on spinning and tightening until the end just pops right off from the bullet. The cut is very smooth but I sanded the ends just to be extra sure they wouldn't be cutting my ears.



It takes a few minutes to get it cut but other than that these were really easy to make...here's what you need to know:

Supplies:
E6000 Glue (Bought at Michael's)
Stud Earring backs (Bought at Micheal's)
Toothpick
Tweezers
2 EMPTY Bullet Casings
Mini Pipe Cutter - also called a Tube Cutter (Bought at Home Depot)
Swarovski crystals - not necessary but if you would like to add them you can (Bought at Michael's)

Directions:
- Just use the pipe cutter to go around and around the bullet until the end pops off. (Remember you will have to tighten the cutter after every couple of times around the bullet)
- Sand any rough edges
- Dab a small amount of E6000 glue on the back of the bullet (a little goes a long way here - you can use the toothpick to spread it around a little if need be)
- Hold the stud with the tweezers and dab a tiny amount of E6000 glue on it then press it down onto the back of the bullet and hold it for a few seconds.
- Set the earring off to the side (bullet face down so that the stud is pointing in the air) and let it dry while you work on the next one.
-repeat the above steps for the next earring and then let them "set" overnight

All done. It truly is easy.









I've worm mine almost daily since Mid-July and they are holding up nicely! I kept a pair for myself and also sent a pair to my friend Jess, hers were silver with rhinestones, and she loves them and hasn't had any issues with them either.




Because we loved them so much I also made several of them to sell when Britt and I had our craft show in late July. If we do another craft show I will make many, many more. They are easy, cute, fun and unique.






I also love that they sort of look like Owl eyes...I love owls too so it's a double win for me!



What do y'all think? Would you wear them?




4 comments:

  1. These are adorable! Heck yeah, I'd wear em! I tried to make some once (and failed), but this tutorial makes it so much simpler than what I was doing! Thank you!!!
    - a fellow gun lover

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  2. Excellent tut, I've been using our old dremel but I think I may just go buy that mini tube cutter, it looks much easier! Smart thinker that hubby of yours! What size of Swarovskis did you use and are they just the flat backs?

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  3. Love them..thanks for posting the idea. I so want to make these!

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  4. How did you cut that close on all of them? Did it take awhile?? I'm having a hard time with it.

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