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Saturday I was in the basement and came across some .30-06 shell casings a friend of mine had given me. I had tried to make some pens with them once before and was successful but not real happy with them. I took a Zebra click pen and found a way to fit the shells to it. I liked the way it turned out and made 15 more Sunday. The Zebra pen parts are chromed brass so I found a way to mount them on the lathe and sand the chrome off. I sanded the shells and the pieces to 400 grit and hit them with some 0000 steel wool. They are shiny now but will eventually get the patina brass gets to. I have found most people like the patina over the shine. Since the pen parts ended up with a shine I did the shells too. I only have the cost of the Zebra pen in each one which is about $1.20 each. Have a look. Zebra pen I started with.