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Disabled vet makes jewelry from bullets for therapy

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The 44th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza was held this weekend in Cape Girardeau, and one vendor has a unique story.

Shanna Rodenberg is a veteran with a lot of stories she can tell about when she was stationed in Afghanistan.

Rodenberg was a .50 caliber gunner with the U.S. Army stationed in Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005.

An incident left her disabled before she came back home to Evansville, Indiana.

She says she has always been the creative type, and needed something to do with her time. So, she came up with an idea using ammunition and made jewelry out of it.

Rodenberg and her friend Fred partnered up, and they are now in their second year going around to different locations to sell their homemade products.

Their business is called Bang Bang Ballistic Jewelry.

"It really has become my therapy from coming back from the war and just trying to be a civilian again,” she said.

Rodenberg and her partner reshape the bullets and casings into different wearable jewelry including bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

The veteran says she gets a lot of special requests from past and present service members to change a bullet or casing that holds dear to them, so they can wear it forever.

Rodenberg says this jewelry isn't all about past and present service members, but for anyone.

"We just got an order for a 10 year old who just got his first buck,” Rodenberg said. “It was real important and his mother wanted a pendant made.”

If you would like more information, visit her Facebook page: Bang Bang Ballistic Jewelry

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