Using the shell casings left over from shooting guns wind up in the garbage somewhere, but that's not the case here in Aroostook County. Two women started a venture around the spent .22 casings left over from the Biathlons that took place here in Northern Maine several years ago.

.22 Bling  was started in 2011 in Fort Fairfield by Polly Earl and Barbara Hayslett.

Both women love to ski and enjoy making things with their hands. They decided to create unique jewelry from .22 caliber brass casings collected at World Cup and National Biathlon competitions held at Maine Winter Sports Center venues: the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle and the 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent.

Box of bullets at the biathlon - Photo Credit: Jolene Wallace - TSM
Biathlon Volunteer sweeps shell casings - Photo Credit: Jolene Wallace -TSM

 

I had a chance to talk with Barb this week. Here's what she had to say:

Jolene Wallace - TSM
Jolene Wallace - TSM

A variety of other materials are used in the creation of this jewelry including glass and wooden beads, pearls, crystals, and shell.

The two women take great pride in creating a piece of artwork for customers worldwide to wear and enjoy that is handmade right here in Aroostook County.

They hope to expand our business as interest in Biathlon continues to grow in Maine and throughout the world.

Their product is currently available at Morning Star Art and Framing in Presque Isle, or check them out on Facebook.

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