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How to Make Bullet Shell Pendants {Video}


DIY bullet shell pendants tutorialBullet shell jewelry is all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder! This video tutorial shows you step by step how to make your own cool pendants using spent bullet shell casings and quartz crystal points. You’ll learn how to saw them off, drill a hole, and attach the bead.

You won’t want to make just one! These funky pendants make a great addition to a long chain alone or with other fun charms and dangles.

TIP: If you are going to be working with brass shells, you may want to read about how to clean brass bullet shells before you get started.

You will need:

• empty bullet shell (ones shown are Remington .223 brass shells)
jeweler’s saw (with finetooth blade, size 2/0)
• 120 grit sandpaper
• 1/16″ drill bit {OR #66 (.033″) or #67 (.032″)}
• power drill {OR twist hand drill or rotary tool}
• eye protection
• about 6″ brass wire (craft wire), 24 gauge
• long crystal point bead or other top drilled bead
• round nose jewelry pliers
• flat nosed (chain nosed) pliers
flush cutters

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  1. sixtoeight says:

    hey there! a couple questions…

    1. the crystals you are using are beautiful! where did you find them?
    2. how did you find your bullet shells?


    • Hi Courtney! Thanks, I actually found the crystals on Amazon! I don’t see the same ones I got anymore but there are some beautiful cobalt blue ones here. I have also seen them on Etsy – search for ‘crystal points’ or ‘mystic crystal points’ in the supply section.

      The bullets were given to me by friends – I live in Texas and it seems just about everyone around here shoots guns for fun, lol! I have a few for sale in my Etsy shop here, in different sizes (some wouldn’t need cutting). I actually have a ton more that aren’t yet listed so if you are looking for something in particular let me know! I just might have it :)

      Thanks for visiting!


  2. do you have to drill holes in the crystals?
    I can’t find anywhere with the holes already in them I tried find ideas?

  3. Terrie Phillips says:

    I really love these, thank you so much for sharing the info. I am very interested in etching on future bullet casings like some I’ve seen on etsy sites. Does anyone have any advice that may get me going in the right direction?
    Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks. Terrie

  4. I just had brain surgery, so I am off work and feel antsy. I have a hard time concentrating, but I came across your tutorials and feel inspired!! I am going to try some of these ideas! I’m so excited!!! Thank you for all these tutorials!!

    • Hi Janet! I’m so happy to hear that you’re inspired! I hope you’ll find lots more great projects here as well to keep your hands busy – I know that antsy feeling all to well. Wishing you a speedy recovery – thanks so much for visiting!

      xo Jessica

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