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Make DIY Earphones Out of Bullet Shells

It's 2017—new year, same us. We vow to keep scouring the net for the best how-tos and feature the makers and doers who create mind-blowing projects.

And what a great year it's been so far because boy did we find an amazing tutorial. Inspire to Make is a YouTube channel run by a maker named Igor that is filled with innovate hacks using traditional objects. This video makes great use of leftover bullet shells and turns them into an item that has been quite contentious recently: earphones.

According to the Inspire to Make website, to complete this project you'll need:

  • 2 bullet shells S&W .40 Cal
  • Old headphones (These were TDK EB760. You'll need superglue if you want you use Marley headphones)
  • 10mm wooden dowel
  • Sandpaper 400Grit and 800Grit
  • Finishing sponge (Could use sandpaper or steel wool)
  • Hacksaw
  • Battery powered drill
  • Drill bit (diameter of the wire)
  • Soldering iron
  • Vice or a clamp to fix the bullet casing for drilling

While the video may look complicated, this is actually a fairly simple process.

First, you need to drill a hole into the shell, through which the earphones wire can be run. Then you need to clean and shape the shell by sanding the metal on the wooden dowel and cutting it to the correct size (~12mm). Once the shell is clean, cut, and ready, all you need to disassemble the old headphones and wire your new shell casings into place.

Voilà, custom bullet shell earphones. These are perfect for bumping some lit music and feeling like a total badass, but they're subtle enough to go relatively unnoticed to the average, non-gun-using eye.

If you would like to know more about this project or are interested in any of Igor's other creations, make sure to follow Inspire to Make on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Cover photo via Inspire to Make/YouTube.

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