Firearm Expert Andrew Tuohy Transforms Underwater Gun Shots Into Blooming Flowers (PHOTOS)

Ever wonder what happens when you combine firearm expertise, underwater experimentation and precious stone collecting? We'd never thought of it until now, but the unexpected artwork of former US Navy Corpsman Andrew Tuohy has us intrigued.

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Tuohy runs a blog called Vuurwapen (the Dutch word for firearm), where he provides photos, videos and accounts of testing various gun-related gear. During one such test -- an underwater examination of several different gun shots -- Tuohy was left with jacketed hollow point bullets that resembled flowers.

The avid gemstone collector went even farther with his surprisingly beautiful results, affixing topaz, sapphire and peridot to his aptly named "tactical flowers." The finished products, which Tuohy describes as a "sort of evil beauty" on his website, makes us wish he could design the next cover for a Guns N' Roses' album.

Commenting on the process of underwater art making, Tuohy writes on his blog: "As pretty as this stuff is to look at, it is also painful -- I have plenty of scars from being sliced and poked by metal objects, but holding those bullets in my hand almost made me shiver. I would definitely not want to get shot by any of that stuff (duh)." In other words, don't even think of trying this at home, folks.

See more images and videos of Tuohy's eerily stunning work in the slideshow below, and let us know what you think of the veteran's firearm art in the comments section. To read more about Tuohy's expertise, check out his blog here.

Andrew Tuohy's Gemstones and Bullets