I have noticed bullet casing jewelry trending for awhile now. And I love it! It has a rustic, masculine feel. I also love etching metal with ferric chloride acid, something I have been doing for the last couple of years. Etching bullet casings seemed like the next logical step. I thought they would be a great gift for Dad (or Mom, depending on how you make them)! So round up your bullet casings and let me show you how to make these awesome necklaces!
- Bullet Casings (drilled with a hand drill on the ends to create a hole)
- Permanent Marker
- Baking Soda
- Scotch Tape
- Plastic Container
- Penny Brite Cleaner
- Ferric Chloride Acid
- Sanding Pads
- Novacan Black
- Bronze 20 Gauge Artistic Wire
- Antique Brass Cable Chain
- Antique Brass Jump Rings
- Antique Brass Lobster Clasp
- 8mm Gemstone Bead
If you’ve never etched metal with ferric chloride acid before, I highly recommend you read the two blogs linked here for techniques and safety before you get started:
Or make a stamped, more feminine version for her!
To make a stamped version the process is very similar. Instead of applying the image by hand, we will use rubber stamps and permanent ink. Follow the simple steps below to make this version.
Well I hope you enjoyed learning how to etch bullets! It is really so much fun, and a way to turn something otherwise considered trash, into a pretty piece of jewelry! ~Tiffany