Hi I've been visiting this site a couple times a day for a year now and I've finally decided to post something of my own. I've had a couple bullet casings lying about for a while that I bought at a car boot sale decided it was finally time to do something with them. I guess you could keep just about anything in it from your daily pills to air rifle pellets.
All you'll need to get started is two brass shell casings, washing up liquid and brass cleaner.
Tools wise you can accomplish this with basic hand tools however I used mainly a grinder and bench grinder.
Step 1: Clean Up
First of all you need to get off the factory grease I'm guessing it's to stop the gun from jamming but it's a real pain. Just chuck the shells into a bucket of hot water and washing up liquid then leave overnight. Just wipe them off with kitchen roll when their done.
Step 2: Cutting
You'll need to cut off about a third of one the casings. I found the easiest way to get an even cut all the way around is to put a rod into it so you can rotate it with one hand and operate the grinder with the other.
Step 3: Now for the Flare
You'll now need to place a ball pein hammer in a vice and place the shell facing straight down. With a piece of wood to protect the brass use another hammer to strike firmly checking often to make make sure the flare is even.
Step 4: Brute Force and Ignorance
Once your happy with your flare force the lid down onto the bottom you'll create a dent all the way around the shoulder of the shell. You know you have the desired effect when you spend the next half hour trying to pull it apart ... Il save you the trouble put your thumbs on the centre and fingers on the ends then wiggle it loose.
Step 5: Clean Up
Get out the brass cleaner and give it a good buff. I didn't do use any on the ones pictured as I know my family will prefer the patina.
Step 6: Enjoy
Now all that's left to do is to sit back and admire your new favourite little container.