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About this design:

This brooch (fibula) is a response to a class challenge. We had to turn a brass bullet casing into a piece of jewelry. After discarding several ideas, I decided to try etching the casing using the ferric chloride technique…worked great!
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brass wire, picasso finish Czech beads, quartzite shard

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  1. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    Wow…incredible work! If you gave me a bullet casing to make into jewelry, I’d still be sitting looking at it next month! Amazing creativity!

  2. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    That is adorable!

    I saw some “bullet” jewelry on Etsy once, but it was not near as cute as this little bug! Great job with the etching.

  3. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Amazing work – great job!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Love, LOVE it!

    Can you tell me how is the stone fixed into the casing? I’ve got a few casings that have been waiting to be used in jewelry.

  5. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Mary…it’s a quartzite crystal shard and they come in some gorgeous colors.

  6. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    This is incredible. Love the whole design.

  7. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Gorgeous! Love it! :)

  8. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Adorable! I didn’t know a bullet casing can be etched, what a fabulous idea!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Thank you Lynda.
    But what I meant was, did you glue the stone in the casing or how did you affix it?

  10. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Hi Mary…boy did I get that wrong!! Thanks for correcting it. The shard is a briolette type stone, so I wired it and pushed both ends up through a hole we drilled in the top on the casing. Those two little antennae are the ends of the wire. Gluing would certainly have been easier, but the teacher said gluing was ‘cheating’ in this challenge.

  11. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Love the thought behind this…a very lovely piece!

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic, love the etching on the casing, you girls are so lucky to have all the classes and time for them, I work very long and unpredictable hrs. so the only way I can learn is blogs and Y – tube :D

  13. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow,FB..this is a magazine cover piece!
    Unique and chic as heck!

  14. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I agree with the idea that this belongs on a magazine cover. You should submit it if you can. Its so incredibly clever, unique, and I am just totally amazed at the creativity that you possess to come up with this cute little guy.

  15. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    AWESOME. Yep that about sums it up. Your etchings Came out awesome. I just baught a bunch of bullet casings and tips @ a beads show. Already predrilled
    I was going to use them as bead caps but you took this to the next level. In my Fav.s.

  16. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    Yep, this one knocks it out of the park!

  17. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Gorgeous! I love everything about it-beautiful work, as usual! =^____^= Keep it up!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Can’t really add much to the above: agree with everything! Awesome!

  19. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Very cool design…

  20. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    What a wonderful way to use that casing! Love the etching on it and the colors! Beautiful!

  21. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks so much, everyone! Glad you liked my little insect friend! I’ll definitely be using this etching method on more jewelry pieces. Not so sure about using bullet casings.

  22. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    WOW! I am unable to add anything to all of the above except – ditto!

  23. Laud
    Laud says:

    Marvelous! Really creative approach to repurposing.

  24. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Fantastic work!
    I’ve been hanging onto some stick pearls that I think would fit nicely into bullet casings… call them my ‘ammo pearls’…. but have done nothing.

  25. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    Amazing work as usual!! So creative.

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