It’s birthday time again! The best time ever to honor a loved one! I’m honoring my brother-in-law Brian today with a wind chime for his birthday present.
Brian is one of those guys that once you meet him, you become fast friends and you’ve made a friend for life. Brian entered into my life when I was a young teenager and has stayed ever since. He’s been a great additional protective brother in my life and I am so thankful for him.
Brian has achieved many things in his short 30 some odd years. Being an awesome husband and father of 4 is one of them along with serving in the United States Army. He’s always been a fun friend for me to pass my creative ideas back and forth with, especially ones of wood working, and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Happy Birthday Brian. I hope this wind chime will bring good thoughts and memories when you hear it. Love you buddy!
HOW TO MAKE A BULLET CASING WIND CHIME
How do you get bullet casings? Personally I love to shoot guns! If my family doesn’t reload the shell casings I just collect the spent shells and keep them on hand for my art and jewelry. Don’t shoot very much? That’s okay! Just go to your local shooting range and collect ones off the ground or ask for some. Many people don’t pick up after themselves and don’t reload. So just be courteous and you can get a lot for free!
I found that the brass makes a lovely sound clinking together. This is how I made my wind chime.
- I got a glass jar and cut the bottom off. You can do this by wrapping a string around the glass, soak the string in a nail polish remover with acetone, light the string on fire and when the fire is almost out dunk it into ice cold water and the glass will crack all around and break off. (There are many youtube videos on this) Please be careful, the glass around the edges will be sharp so you will have to sand it down to make it smooth.
- I popped the primers out of the spent shells, making sure that the primers have been used!
- I then drilled holes into my glass jar lid and attached chains to it and slid my shell casings onto the chains along with a few bells to add extra little “tinklings” in the wind.
The fun part about using a glass jar is that you can have it with or without the glass! The glass does add some lovely sounds in the wind, but if you don’t like it, just use the lid!
Please use caution and commonsense! This was a “sharp” project for me to do, and I know I do not have pictures on this for examples as my camera was not accessible at the time, but feel free to use my ideas and always have fun!