by Dorothy Brunner.
(Milk River, Alberta, Canada)
These items start out at gun ranges where I pick up discarded ammo cartridges.
They are then cleaned thoroughly and the firing pin removed.
I then create a design on the cartridge using a sharpie or stamp, and etch the design with ferric chloride.
After the etching is completed they are cleaned again by tumbling and polished using fine steel wool and buffing pads.
I then either use renaissance wax or acrylic spray to preserve the patina. From there imagination takes over and they become necklaces, earrings, key rings, bracelets or whatever.