Field trips to the psychic and the shooting range, plus a little drill action to make unique jewelry for less than a dollar-
Before meeting up with jewelry maker and close friend, Tanya Quintanilla, I took a trip to the psychic. I came to pick out crystals for the necklaces, and found bins filled with them. Here I bought small, long pieces quartz and amethyst for 75 cents each. I suggest getting a manageable handful like in the photo below. This will probably be the only money you spend making these, so go ahead and get ones you like. Make sure they’re pointy and thin, so you can put them in the bullet shells.
If you live in Los Angeles, I suggest going where I went:
The Green Man Store
5712 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
In New York City, I would suggest:
120 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
Otherwise, just look up crystal healing stores in your area. I’m sure geology websites and Amazon sell them as well.
Next I picked up Tanya to get the other crucial component, bullet shells. We drove to a large outdoor shooting range in a faraway canyon. After we parked and heard guns going off, were a tad jumpy. We went into the main office to ask about getting shells, but the receptionist just rolled her eyes, gave us some vague answer about how some man who wasn’t there was in charge of that and told us to leave. But we knew we’d never be back there, so we stayed near where the shooters were, waiting for a chance to talk to one of the men sweeping up the shells. We couldn’t walk into the area without looking conspicuous (Tanya and I both have bright blue hair) and there were signs saying NO PASSING WITHOUT PROPER EYE AND EAR PROTECTION.
Eventually one of the men came to the side, with a giant bucket of brass shells. We asked if we could take a few, and the few ended up being about six overflowing handfuls that filled up Tanya’s purse.
When we got back, we assembled the following supplies:
- Bullet shells and crystals
– Pleather/Leather string
– Hot glue gun
– Small Pliers
– Electric drill with small head that can puncture
NOTE: If you don’t have this or are scared, you can go to a hardware store and ask them to do this for you.
- Small wooden surface to drill on
NOTE: Make sure this is a disposable surface, like an art board. NOT A DESK!!!
1. On your wood board, take one of your shells and pinch it firmly in place with the pliers so it cannot spin or roll. With your other hand, turn the drill on and begin to firmly press down a tiny bit below the closed end of the shell. You will see small metal shavings begin to fall around, and eventually you will feel a thunk as the drill breaks through the metal and hits the opposite side. Continue to press down straight until you feel the drill starting to go down into the wood and then immediately stop the drill. NOTE: YOUR HAND HOLDING THE PLIERS SHOULD NOT BE ANYWHERE NEAR THE DRILL
2. Remove the shell from the drill head.
3. Put a small loop of wire through the two holes to hang the string from, and connect the two ends of the wire by making a tiny twisty knot. Then shove the knot through the hole of the shell so it is on the inside part and no one can see it. Be sure when you hold the shell by the wire, the open end (that will hold the crystal) hangs downward. Use the pliers to help.
4. Finally, add hot glue to the part of the crystal that you want to stick inside the shell. Once coated, shove inside the shell and be careful not to touch the metal for a second (it gets so hot). Then when it’s cooled down, peel any exposed hot glue off with your fingernails. Now just tie a string through the wire, and you are done!
Here are some shots of our final products – since shells and crystals are all differently shaped and colored, many combinations work wonderfully. They look badass on both men and women alike. Quartz is said to create focus, wear when needed.