Spent cartridges.

  1. Climber

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    Anyone think of anything creative to do with spent brass cartridges. I get quite a lot, and was pondering about doing something artistic or creative with them. Trouble is, I can't think of anything.
     
  2. Craig-SM

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    Have a search for WW1 trench art for a few ideas
     
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  3. wyn

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    Rimfire or Centrefire?
     
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  4. brightspark

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    daughter has a brass shell case for her poker set next to fire. its from a 150mm gun when she was in the navy :laughing:
     
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    A resin table top....either brass chucked in randomly or standing up to make patterns.
     
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  6. daleyd

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    113mm - 4.5 inch. I’ve got a few dotted around, a couple of ashtrays and an umbrella stand.
     
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  7. Climber

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    Centrefire
     
  8. brightspark

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    you could reload them :laughing:
     
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  9. Climber

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    Mine are a little smaller.
     
  10. Climber

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    Not really an option.
     
  11. daleyd

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    Ashtray for an ant?
     
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  12. Muckmagnet

    Muckmagnet Forum Supporter

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    I sell my once used centrefire brass mainly due to the fact I can't think of anything else to do with the stuff.
    It does recoup a bit of the initial cost, will be watching this thread for alternatives.

    Edit; Just had a look on Pinterest, lots of ideas but mostly naff unless the girl in your life wants a bullet necklace.:rolleyes:
    Whistles looked reasonable but quite why you'd want one is a mystery.
    Going back to the earlier suggestion of Trench art by Craig-SM, some of the stuff is incredible considering it's origins.
     
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  13. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    survival whistles

     
  14. mtt.tr

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    Run them in for scrap.

    Or make loads of billets and claim they are gold bars. Instagram famous and influencer in no time.
     
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  15. sako243

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    They tend to be an alloy. I had a couple of thousand of various sizes (.357 Winchester up to Mauser 7.92mm) and a friend started getting into casting. He tried melting some of them down to make ingots and they just plain "evaporated", i.e. burnt off rather than melted.
     
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  16. Climber

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    They are worth next to nothing as scrap.
     
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  17. DAPPH

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    If you have a fair few get a deep rolled single or double edge stainless steel hoop as deep as the length of the empties plus 8 mm more & as big as a round or square table top as you want , invert the hoop so the single rolled edge is facing down ( it will eventually be the top of the table ) and fill the hoop with them stood on the cap ends . Carefully flood the hoop with a hard clear or reddish resin , let it cure & you'll have a fantastic unusual table top .
    Do it on a thick sheet of plate glass smeared with a fine coat of Vaseline and support the glass so you can see it from underneath to allow you to arrange the writing on the rounds if any to run in patterns . Clean & buff up the cap ends to allow them to slightly stick to the Vaseline coating to help keep them stuck down /in place .

    Don't swear when the cat , kids, dog or wife knocks the glass and sends the cases tumbling over .

    You can also use different sized rounds , pour candle wax in the cases to save wasting the expensive resin .

    When flooding the filled hoop , maybe carefully & accurately insert deeply threaded inserts / plates /devices so you can bolt the table legs on to them without fear of them ripping out the table's bottom .

    I've seen such tables set out with regimental badges . Scroll work , animals , dragons & geometric designs .
     
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  18. mtt.tr

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    Then the answer is the second one.
     
  19. Shox Dr

    Shox Dr Chief Engineer to Carlos Fandango

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    Depends on the case. I wouldnt want to buy 300 win mag or 244
     
  20. pcwizme Member

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    only thing I have seen is cuff links with a case on one side and a bullet on the other
     
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