Sunday, August 7, 2011
8mm Mauser earrings...... Egads!
So, I was thinking...
I've been making some earrings the last few days, using Barnes X rifle bullets. The X line is made from a solid copper alloy, so no lead. They look kind of cute, and the women I showed them to seemed to approve.
The thing is... they are a bit heavy. Not too heavy, and not for everyone, but I was certain that lighter would be better.
This is where the thinking part comes in....
I took a few pulled bullets from 1950's Yugoslavian 8x57mm ammunition, and carefully applied the jewelers torch. Moments later I was pouring the lead center of the bullet right out of the open base on the jacket.
Suddenly the heavy bullet turned into a lightweight copper jacket, and soon after.... became a pair of earrings.
I'll keep working with the idea, but these are coming out pretty kewl.