Bullets are, objectively, ugly things. They have an ugly purpose, and are not much to look at, either. But what would happen if you removed a bullet from its violent context? Could it be beautiful? Israeli designer Adi Zaffran Weisler (the same designer that created the wooden branch and rubber stool) seems to think so, and has created a line of rings in which used bullet cases (found at a firing range) serve as the sculptural centerpiece.
While not the first designer we’ve seen use upcycled materials to create jewelry, he’s definitely the first one we’ve seen use bullets.
In telling the story of how this jewelry line came about, Weisler writes that
“For this work, I collected spent bullets at a firing range and made jewelry out of them. The rings that were created remove the bullet from its original function and they surprisingly turn into a bejeweled object and emphasize the beauty and aesthetics of the bullet when it is distanced from its surroundings. Every bullet retains memories and traces of the journey it underwent from the moment it was fired until it was picked up.”
The bullet rings are an experiment in transforming our visual associations with an object, as well as a lesson in recycling. How can we change the context of other discarded or grotesque objects in order to view them as beautiful?
Since each spent bullet is different, every bullet ring is one of a kind. The ring bands are all made from sterling silver, and the spent bullets are copper alloys.
Read more about eco-friendly jewelry::
Ecco Ukka Weaves Love, Magic and Recycled Materials Into Fabric Jewelry
Going For the “Green” in Gold Jewelry
Yoav Kotik’s Upcycled Beer Cap Jewelry