Have you ever felt the great feeling of being lucky and blessed at the same time? A new friend made me feel wonderful as she hooked me up with a great supply source. Club Creative Studio’s blog shares inspirations of creativity. Today’s post shares the story of how the artful journey of my bullet creations came into being. Using wire-wrapping techniques, beads and clay, I recycled bullets into jewelry art and a few related accessories. When you have the opportunity to creatively transform an unusual item into art, I say…”Go for it”.
Remember how thrilled I was when I wrote about the empty bullet shells that I received from visiting my friend? Janet brought to me many more spent bullets and encouraged me to keep creating from them. She recently introduced me to the supply source and he told me a few interesting things that I will also share with you here on the blog.
Mr. Dan Buckley is a retired police officer. In 1990, Mr. Buckley retired from the Montgomery County Police Department after thirty-three years of dedicated service. He told me about when the force was making a transition from 38 calabar revolvers to the now used 9 millimeter weapons. “The “bad guys” had more powerful weapons than they did.” So, the transition began. While they needed to train with the new guns, they had to shoot many rounds to get comfortable with the use and power. They trained weekly and shot many rounds. Mr. Buckley estimates that the hundred men probably fired around 500 rounds each when they were first making the change-over. Times that by 100 officers and that equals 50,000 empty cases! Dan collected the shells from the ground initially because he planned on reloading them. He did not get around to it. For nearly 25 years, they remained in a 5 gallon bucket in a corner of his garage. I could not wait to make my artful transformations and I continue to dream up new items that I can incorporate the empty shells into.
When Janet told Mr. Buckley about me and the art that I created from her police officer son’s empty gun shells, he offered to give me the bucket so that I could do more creative art! so, whenever I create another item using the shells, I thank the kind heart of Dan for being my generous supply source. It was great timing and great luck to feel blessed with bullets!
I am allowing my mind to wander and expand on other ideas and ways that I can utilize these shells creatively? I have a few creations in the works. If you have any suggestions as to a different way I can use these bullet shells as a new pendant or in a new item, please share your vision. I have a lot of shells to use up! Thank you for sharing your ideas with me.
- Beautiful Bullets (clubcreativestudio.wordpress.com)