Intro: Bullet Bracelet
The following tutorial is for making a bullet Bracelet out of spent shell casings,Grommets,16 gauge wire and an old leather belt. It is advisable for you to review all steps in
this tutorial before attempting to make this bracelet, So that you have an understanding of the steps needed for completion The materials are as follows: You will need,
5--> Spent 38 special shell Casings. These can be aquired on line (Ebay,Etsy) if you have no other resources.
5--> 1/4'' Grommets
Small spool of 16 Gauge copper wire-make sure it's 16 gauge. 14 gauge is too heavy and 18 gauge is too light.
A leather belt. Do not use a cheap man made material belt or plastic belt, As it will fall apart very quickly. You can buy a good used leather belt at a Resale shop or Good Will pretty reasonably. Usualy for a couple of bucks. It should be at least an inch and a quarter wide and 1/8" thick. Also avoid any thing with fancy stitching or looks like it has been bonded together in layers. A plain leather belt is best. One belt can make several bracelets depending on the size.I look for the longest ones I can find. Don't buy something that is really worn to shreds or limp and frayed because it wont last long.
If the belt is a bit worn try to cut off any badly worn ends and start fresh.
Remember this; If it says "Man Made Materials" or has China stamped anywhere on it, Don't buy it! No matter how cheap it is.
Gorilla Glue. I prefer this over all other types of glue (Like E6000) because it dries slowly and gives you time to work with it. It is water based and it does'nt have the noxious fumes that other types of glues have (Like E6000)
Use the Gorilla Glue as directed on the manufacturers label You should only apply a thin layer because it expands as it cures.
The tools needed will be the following:
A flat surface....
needle nose pliers
flat nose pliers
looping plyers (optional)
Rat tail or triangle file
Small tubing cutter
Black Permanent Marker
5/16'' leather punch
Hand held leather punch tool for 1/8'' & 3/16'' holes
Heavy duty Scissors for cutting leather
Ruler...Remember "measure twice! cut once"
soda can (Beer can optional)
Rubber bracelet or heavy rubber band
Now also remember that this tutorial is for a bracelet that will fit a 7 1/2''wrist, So making adjustments to the length may be needed for larger wrist or punching an extra hole for smaller wrist sizes can work as well. But I think that learning the basic techniques of this project is most important at first. If you are an experienced leather crafter or jewelry maker then you should have no problems.