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Bullet Shell Ring

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Here is a great project for used brass bullet shells!
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Materials:

-Used bullet shell (doesn't really depend on the size)
-Scrap metal (preferable the same type as your shell)
-Small fake diamond

Tools

-Saw
-Hammer
-Drill
-Sand Paper
-Polish
-Solder and flux
-Torch
-Super glue

Step 2: Cutting the Shell

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     First Drill out or remove the primer, mine had already been done. Then saw off the primer end of the shell and sand it down till you have just the back end.

Step 3: Making the Ring

     I used a 50 cal. shell and cut it at about the middle. You can use sheet metal too, or just a piece of pipe, but I used a shell so the metals would be matching.
     If you are using a pipe cut a section that is a little wider than the primer end of the bullet shell. For me, the shell was to small to fit anyone so I used a vice to clamp down a solid round piece of metal and hammered the ring on it. This will eventually make the ring bigger until it reaches the size you want.
     Now you can start shaping the ring, I used a bench grinder at first, then moved to a file and finished with sand paper. Try to get a nice symmetrical shape and make sure you make it wide enough for the butt of the shell.

Step 4: Fitting the Ring Together

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     Now, sand or file the bullet shell butt so it fits nicely on the ring. This can be challenging but it will make it look really nice. It is okay if its not perfect just do your best.

Step 5: Soldering

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     I used a vice to hold the ring in place then soldered the primer end of the shell to the ring. Be sure that you center the primer end onto the ring.
     You may have to do some touch up sanding around the joint.

Step 6: Set the Stone

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     To set the stone put some super glue into the hole and place the stone how you want it. Make sure that the stone is not tipped or weird looking when it sets.
bullet shells i have a few
(when i say a few i meen a lot)
here are my first two attempts! Tis was also my first time soldering! thanks for the inspiration!
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Emsaid (author)  desertsniper2 years ago
Great work! looks nice!
thank you
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
brillient work.. my mouth hang open while watching this video hehe
ilpug2 years ago
ARGH! I am in the trial and error process of figuring out how to make these. Your design is much simpler than mine though. I was trying to make it all in one piece from a single shell with no joints. the shell is too brittle though. Well done! In my design I was just going to use the shell base as the ring decoration.
Emsaid (author)  ilpug2 years ago
thats what I tried to do in the beginning, didnt work to well so I just went with this idea. I think it might work though if you softened the brass first, I didnt realize till now that you can do that but oh well
ilpug Emsaid2 years ago
I tried heating it with a blowtorch but it ruined the brass finish. I was going to try it with a steel shell and keep the patina. I like your design a lot better though in general.
Nice to see ammo jewelry other than a bullet hanging from a chain. I like that you used a 357 to top it off.

If I made one I would have the tip of the bullet in place of a stone.

Excellent job!!!
Mrballeng2 years ago
This is great! Good work.
That is just gorgeous! Great instructions and photos, too. :D
Emsaid (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank You!
i will be making one of these for my girlfriend!
That's so cool and beautiful too.
I think I'll have my man make me one.

Thank you for sharing!