Here is the great box of all types of spent shotgun shells Jack salvaged for me :). Who knew they came in so many colors, including pink? Ok, maybe many of you knew, but I had no idea.
Next step was to figure out how to separate the plastic shell from the metal part that I really want for most projects. Turns out this is a bit more difficult than it would seem, tried pulling, cutting, prying and then I turned to YouTube. Honestly, is there anything that can't be learned on YouTube? Found a gentleman from the UK on there who was first cutting most of the shell off then heating the plastic to a gooey mess over his stove and digging the goo out with a knife. My process went a little more cleanly with a bit of practice. PLEASE NOTE, use all safety precautions if you are going to try these things on your own. The shell casings I received have been fired and are empty of shot and gun powder. For mine I turned to my torch, heated the metal end for about 5 seconds, pull on the plastic shell and most if not all of it comes out neatly.
From there I had to decide the best way to use these little metal gems. The edges can be a little sharp, and in some cases a bit deeper than I wanted them to be. The edges can be easily pierced with my Eurotool hole punch though for earrings and pendants. Much more experimenting is yet to be done but I will share what I have so far.
First up was a pink sell container, one of the guys on YouTube was making wilderness survival kits with these, but chicks have survival needs too. I'm sure there are any number of things a gal could stash in here from pics, to bobby pins, lipstick perhaps. Still working out the details of how to hang it, but here is the container itself. I consider this a sorta cold connection since the cap just slips on, lol.
Pretty in pink!
Next up was some hammering, cutting, drilling and riveting! This was the first time I have actually made my own rivet from 10g copper wire. I'm pleased with the result, particularly for a first go. Now that I look at the close up I can see where the rivet could be a bit flatter but it isn't high enough to scratch or snag. The cuff is hammered 10 g copper too. I cut the metal piece of the shell down a bit so it didn't sit o high, not sure if I will do that on the next one or not. Next was drilling a hole through firing pin portion, the actual "pin" came out when I sawed it's back off so that made it a bit easier. Also had to drill a hole in the cuff to accept the rivet. Tip of the Day: Be sure to wear ear protection when drilling metal, it is very loud and extremely high pitched!
I like it! I think this works for girls and guys. What do you think?
Here are a few other views...
A true cold connection.
Stay tuned, I hope to get more pieces done this week.