Business turns bullets into beauty

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – When people think of a bullet, a gun usually comes to mind.

But, what about fashion?  An Austintown couple is using their creativity to make unique pieces of jewelry.

Six months ago, Lisa and Joe Spadaford decided to start a jewelry line. And they knew exactly what they wanted to use to make the pieces: Bullets.

“Most of them are used. They’re already shot bullets. So they’re not brand new,” said Joe Spadaford.

Right now, they’re using only handgun bullets.

They started Bullet Jewelry Designs, which features fashion jewelry for women and men. They make everything from earrings to bracelets, rings and necklaces.

“A lot of the jewelry is custom-made, handmade pieces like this. And some are just purchased and we adhere the bullets to them,” said Lisa Spadaford.

They make the pieces in their home, and Joe does most of the work.

“I’m the one that takes the bullets and polishes them, cleans them. We cut the ends off of them and then we adhere them to the jewelry,” Joe Spadaford said.

The couple made their first sale a couple years ago at the Niles Gun Show. A lot of people were captivated by what they saw.

“It seems like everybody is kind of intrigued by it, saying it’s different. They’ve never seen it,” Lisa said.

And, while there are many people who don’t like guns, the Spadafords have not run into any problems with that issue.

“I think it’s a unique idea. They look pretty too. It’s not like it’s just a bullet hanging on a string,” Lisa said.

So far, business has been good. They recently created a website where customers can find most of the pieces, ranging in price from $10 to $40.

They also create custom-made pieces.

“I’ve had a couple people send us the bullet that they want something made out of,” Lisa said.

They eventually want to open a storefront, and expand the line.

“Like a sterling silver line, for people requesting more top of the line jewelry,” Lisa said.

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