The beautiful thing about scrap is that you can use your imagination to create practically anything. A Cambodian artist is currently undertaking a unique mission: turning bullets into jewellery.
Cambodia was marked by aggression, corruption and armed conflicts in the 60s and 70s. You will have undoubtedly heard of the Killing Fields; a number of sites across the country where more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime. That period of bloodshed still counts as a dark chapter in Cambodia’s history – one that left its marks on people for generations to come.
Ever since, citizens have been digging up remnants of war, often with their bare hands. There have been many cases of farmers reclaiming the agricultural land and finding dozens of old bullets at a time. They did what they thought was best; they melted down the bullets to create farming tools like rice scythes – and even cow bells.