How to Make a Bullet Key Chain

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This could be your next key chain.
This could be your next key chain. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

To some, a bullet might just be a lump of metal, or a nefarious and scary object. But to you, whether you are a veteran, an avid outdoorsman or just happen to have a keepsake bullet, it represents much more -- a life of service, the grandeur of nature or happy memories of a loved one. If one of these sounds like you, you can keep a bullet with you on one of the few things that is almost always in your pocket -- your keys.

Things You'll Need

  • Cartridge casing
  • Power drill
  • Screw eye
  • Pliers
  • Key ring
  • Bullet
  • Glue

Place an inert cartridge casing into a vice and tighten it. If your casing comes from a round that has already be fired, it will have a circular cap on the bottom of the bullet that you should drill out. If you buy a case meant for reloading, there will be no cap.

Find a screw with an eye -- called a screw eye -- whose point will fit into the cap hole, but whose thread is slightly too large for the screw to simply be pushed into the hole. Take your casing to a hardware store and try various sizes until you find the right one.

Turn the screw into the hole. To turn a screw with an eye, grip the eye with pliers and then rotate.

Run a key ring through the eye. You can attach your keys at this point to the shell. Or you can continue on and put a bullet into the cartridge case so that it appears to be a live round.

Cover the lower portion of a bullet with glue. Slide it into the top of the cartridge case. Crimp the case around the bullet with pliers.

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