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Canadian Teenager Uses Shell Casings to Make Jewelry

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A lot of his customers are hunters.

Carter Buchanan of St. Albert, Alberta, turned to jewelry making after he lost a job in the oil industry, CBC News reports. His company, Bulletproof Jewelry, produces studs made from spent shell casings (shown). He got the idea two years ago, at age 17, when he saw a video of a craftsman making headphones out of bullets. He made a few studs for friends and family, then went to work in the oil fields. When he lost his oil job in the recession, he returned to jewelry. “A lot of my customers are hunters,” he says.

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