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In my very first instructable I will show you how to make a sleek and stylish pen made out of a bullet shell and a bic pen.
It will not have a cap becuase I'm working on that.
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Step 1: Stuff you need

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you will need:

A bullet shell (any kind it just depends on what size you want your pen to be, mine is a 223 rifle).

A dremel tool with polishing tip.


Bic pen cartridge.



Hot glue gun and hot melt glue.

Step 2: Cutting the bic pen

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First you pull out the bic pen cartridge with the pliers. Second you want to line up the tip of the bullet shell with the little notch of the pen like the first picture. Cut the other end of the pen like the second picture. Then see if it fits.

Step 3: Polishing the shell

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Now take the cut pen cartridge out of the shell and polish the shell with your dremel tool.

Step 4: Start Gluing

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Plug in your glue gun and let it heat up to maximum heat. Put the tip of the glue gun in the bullet shell and fill it with glue then quickly stick the pen cartridge in the shell filled with glue and let the glue harden. Then you can glue a little figure on top if you want like the fourth picture. Viola and custom hand made bullet shell pen.
Pfarmkid4 years ago
how did you keep the ink from leaking when you cut it
if i was you , when you cut it hot glue the cut end
Wesley6663 years ago
You might wanna try a 50 cal shell. I have pepper and salt shakers made from them, I am sure you could make a nice pen with one.
strmrnnr3 years ago
Just to let you Know - if you get some polishing rouge from a jeweler, and polish the shell by hand, the shine on the shell will be more even.

Nice job.
Irock1483 years ago
just want to know, if you putin some gunpowder and put on a new primerwould the pen shoot
Browncoat6 years ago
Great craft for a gift to give to a gun enthusiast! If I can just get some shells....
If you live in the U.S., then just find the nearest gun range. If it's outdoor, go there on Sunday and look around the shooting area. There will be plenty for the taking. If it's indoor, just ask the owner or someone that works there and they'll give you whichever shell you want. Maker used a .223/5.56
you can buy replica bullets (they have no gunpowder in them) in most gift shops (eg museums, caves)
amakerguy (author)  Browncoat6 years ago
I gave my grandpa one and he really liked it. He has hundreds of guns in his house (He is a gun enthusiast).
Yes, a gun enthusiast?? assasin more like
no not more like it dumb @**
max1zzz4 years ago
i should make one of these and take it to school, see if the teachers think it is a real bullet, but bullets are hard to find in the uk
Bud0425 years ago
Seems like a lot of work, especially since it will run out of ink eventually. But still, very cool/creative and good instructions
CapnTac5 years ago
Sweet! Now I have something to do with all of the bullet casings I have lying around in my room! I wonder it a .50 Cal will work...
I made one like that. But I made it cooler. I cleaned the inside, sealed it, and then filled it with ink.
amakerguy (author)  bowmaster5 years ago
very nice idea!
I'm going to make another one with a valve so I can refill it.
amakerguy (author)  bowmaster5 years ago
even better!! be sure and post pictures!
I need to find it, my camera, and figure out how to post pics.
this will be great, there's miles of dirt near my house where people do shooting range stuff (illegally, i guess.) and they leave the cartridges, so this will be a good excuse for me to collect them!!
mrbob10006 years ago
this is one of the coolest things i have seen in a long time.

I know a girl who has a 223 on her keys

you will want "reloading brass." its pretty sweet. you will want un primed because if you set a primer cap off it can blow the ink cartridge out.
not to mention your finger, those primer caps pop a big bang..... Just dont whack a a primer with a hammer, (I have experience)
It wouldn't quite blow your finger off, it would just hurt really, really bad.
it dose
Shadowfury6 years ago
Air pressure problem. Use the pen tube as well, then you can actually write with it. Though it is a good idea. 4.5/5.
Heres mine ! I used a different pen I got at the dollar store, and just hot glued it in But the concept it cool ! The Simplest Ideas are always the best!
Today I made one of those but it didn't look as good as yours
Scott_Tx6 years ago
Neat. Might get a 308 from my bro and try this out.