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Picture of The Real Bullet Necklace or Earring
NOTE: The author is not in any way responsible for any harm anyone could possibly cause upon themselves, anything, or anyone else by doing this process.

Taking a real bullet, removing flammable parts, and reassembling into jewlary peice that can be hung by necklace or attached to an earring
 
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Step 1: Taking the bullet out of the casing

NOTE: The author is not in any way responsible for any harm anyone could possibly cause upon themselves, anything, or anyone else by doing this process.

Take any bullet, preferably center fire rifle cartridges are easier because they have a larger surface to grab onto. In this process i use(d) a 5C Collette to grab onto the bullet face. I then used a small channel lock wrench to twist and pull up on the casing. *be sure to not pull all the casing all the way off, or gunpowder will spill all over your work surface* I then placed the half dissembled bullet in a ziploc bag and finished pulling the bullet out of the casing by hand allowing the gunpowder to spill into the bag. *it is advisable that you dispose of the said gunpowder in a responsible manner*

Step 2: Getting rid of the firing cap

NOTE: The author is not in any way responsible for any harm anyone could possibly cause upon themselves, anything, or anyone else by doing this process.

The best way i figured to get rid of the firing cap is to place it on a concrete surface, *like my garage floor* AWAY FROM ANYTHING FLAMMABLE. Place it Cap side up, with the opening where the bullet was on the ground. I then took a metal punch and stuck it with a hammer while the punch was sitting on the cap making it fire off on to the concrete. I then took the metal punch and pounded out the remains of the firing cap out the back by placing the punch on the inside of the casing, leaving a hole in the back of the casing.
Dacp2832 months ago
wow what a horrible instructable. dangerous and irresponsible. depending on the calibers some of those primers will take the end of your finger off. they make a tool made specifically for de-primering casings. or just go to a gun range and pick up some spent ones.
bat1592 months ago

Many big box stores and larger sporting goods stores sell ammo brass for reloading. These are new cases without primers that are ready to be used. They also sell the bullets themselves. Both are usually available in relatively small lots of 20 to 50 depending on the calibers.

Vodika6 months ago

Can I pull the bullet off the case, and then take a torch to set off the primer ? and yes that would be after I remove the powder, and secure it in a vise or enough to not let it fly across the room but not to disfigure the brass.

ajensen276 months ago

what about a mold of bullet using some epoxy stick(silly putty that hardens) then pouring something into mold like aluminum using a forge built using an instructible and then polish that into the casing?

GASSYPOOTS2 years ago
take a shotgun shell. shoot it. do that with about 15 more. pop the pins out(metal circle with a depression on the other metal circle) and put them on string :D
gunman943 years ago
Can this be done with something as heavy as a 14.5x119mm R round? I bought it at the Salvation army, and I think it would make a cool necklace, if I can figure out how to string it.
biffula3 years ago
you can spray some wd40 into the emptied out cartridge to 'neutralize' the primer if you dont want to damage it. Just let it sit for a good while.
HmOnGbOi4 years ago
aye how did u take off the primer off
aye read the instructable [insert insult here]
gchagaman5 years ago
That's the best way to pull the bullet. As long as you're not working a load that requires a crimp (lots of straight wall cases for example) a kinetic puller like that works great. Plus it has the added benefit of doing no damage to the bullet itself, catches the powder and doesn't mar the case. Those pullers will work with a variety of case sizes as well.
DieCastoms3 years ago
I made several necklace pendants when I was 14 for some friends.

Instead of "firing" the primer, I removed the bullet much the same way as you have done and then placed one or two empty shells at a time in an electric skillet.
Stand the primer-end right over where the burner is with the primer against the skillet.
I put an empty can over the shell because I was worried about it bouncing around like popcorn.
I turned the skillet on and after only a few seconds, the primer would "cook off."
This leaves the primer intact and nice looking with no dents from a firing pin.
Then I drilled a hole through the shell from side to side. This makes it obvious that it is not fireable.
I put a key-ring through the holes and mounted the slug back in with a tiny bit of superglue.
Covering the whole thing carefully in a coat of clear nail polish or other laquer finish will keep it from tarnishing or getting a petina and will also protect the wearer from let or other harsh elements in the metal.
jacob56805 years ago
I used to make these all the time, I simply use casings with primers that have already been fired, and I make my own bullets, but that may be out of the question here...
Great Instructable, tho this step may be iffy by some. as you pointed out. =P
bpfh jacob56803 years ago
Except your own home made heads are molded lead and not copper FMJ... Not the most healthy thing to have rubbing against your skin...
Frogzard1014 years ago
it costs $400,000 to wear these earrings...for twelve seconds!!!!!
Haha, I am Heavy Weapons Guy
MrMystery965 years ago
After making a few of these, would using the leftover powder in some small fireworks constitute disposing of said leftover powder in a responsible manner? I love sarcasm...
DurkaDurka5 years ago
When you fired off the firing cap, did it make a loud noise? or even a noise at all?
jacob56805 years ago
a trick for this is to take a cotter pin ( split pin ), stick it through, and use a flat screwdriver to spread it inside the casing. =P
pop20125 years ago
great instructable. you should do a more detailed version for the stone necklace.
Very cool instructable...I have quite a few bullet casings in one of my dresser drawers...what else could I use to fill in the hole to make it look like a bullet? right now i have an idea of turning them into valve stem caps :3
Mattrox6 years ago
These are mine I made their small but cool.
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awoodcarver6 years ago
Most ranges will let you take empty brass to reload or to make these ..just ask ...they will even sell you the lead or fmj to fit ....there is a hammer to remove the bullet screw bullet into one side and hit the other on a hard surface bullet and powder end up in the hammer I have one and think it is called a bullet puller ....you can find a range in your area that may buy these as key chains ....I sold many in .50 AE and .50 BMG and some bullets that are no longer factory loaded ...just a bit hard to get brass for a .38-56 or .45-120...use a clear crystal and tell everyone it is a ice bullet ...good job on them please wear your glasses when doing and stay safe
ikoda6 years ago
I just have the bullet shell. No bullet. D:
get puddy, clay, glue, some medium that you can shape and paint it copper or silver or gold? then just shove/glue it in that's what id do.
:/ i prefer authenticity, its why i make them the way that i do
Cool, I think I'll try that. Thanks.
hg3416 years ago
now i just need ammo...(good job!!!)dont think me dad would like this
bumpus6 years ago
Very cool instructable! I do suggest to add a bit more light to your photos, perhaps a few micros. I've done this a few times, once resulted in a detention for wearing it to school.. I do not advise doing so.. :D 4.5/5 stars!
Sunbanks bumpus6 years ago
It makes me sad that I wouldn't be able to wear this to school :(