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30° Ruler Brass Edition

30° Ruler Brass Edition

The 30° Ruler now comes in solid brass. Like its aluminum brother, it offers a sloped shape for easy reading and laser-accurate tick marks. Each one comes with inch and centimeter marks on opposite sides. Available in three sizes: 6 in/15 cm, 8 in/20 cm, and 12 in/30 cm.

Gaslight Glowing Key Fob

Gaslight Glowing Key Fob
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GambleMade’s keychain accessory serves one purpose only – to glow in the dark. Oh, and it looks cool too. The handmade metal key fob packs a phosphorescent center that charges up in the sun or a light bulb. It comes in titanium or a copper/brass combo with a green or aqua blue glow.

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Høvel Pencil Sharpener

Høvel Pencil Sharpener
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Makers Cabinet makes the fanciest pencil sharpener we’ve laid eyes on, and we want one. Made from solid brass with a carbon steel blade, the Høvel planes the tip of pencils to a precision point. Instead of twisting pencils, its flat blade action reduces broken leads. Upgrades include a walnut base and an Italian leather sheath.

Makers Cabinet Iris

Makers Cabinet Iris
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This elegant drawing tool deserves a place on your desktop, not hidden away in a drawer. The brass and steel tool adjusts to create and measure circles from 3 to 70 mm in diameter and includes a walnut insert for centering. We also love their brass Stria folding ruler. (Thanks Richard!)

I Will Survive on Horns

I Will Survive on Horns

Cake already proved that the Gloria Gaynor track I Will Survive could do quite well with the addition of a trumpet. NYC bands Too Many Zooz, Lucky Chops, and the High & Mighty Brass Band teamed up to perform the disco classic primarily on brass instruments, and it sounds pretty stellar.

Machining a Brass Helix

Machining a Brass Helix

A while back, My Mechanics machined a sweet stainless steel 8-Ball. In this video, he makes a unique display stand for it, using a lathe and a rod of brass which he turned into a helical shape by gradually offsetting the piece before cutting. We wonder if he could create a double helix with a similar technique.

Mezmocoin Nano

Mezmocoin Nano
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This keychain-friendly version of the Mezmocoin lets you carry the metal spinner toy anywhere you go. It clips onto a quick-release connector and offers smooth and satisfying spins for up to six minutes on any smooth surface. It comes in wavy, swirl, and helix patterns, in either stainless steel or brass.

MecArmy TPX8 Tactical Pen

MecArmy TPX8 Tactical Pen
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This premium tactical pen features a bolt-action mechanism and a built-in D-ring for attaching to a key ring, a carabiner, or a lanyard. It takes an off-the-shelf LAMY M22 refill and is available in machined titanium or brass. Its top has six slots for DIY installation of 1.5x6mm tritium glow vials.

Ti Pocket Pro Pen

Ti Pocket Pro Pen
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This machined metal pen from Big Idea Designs features a telescoping case design that allows it to accommodate more than 80 types of refills without modifications. It features a modern and minimal design and comes in brass, copper, or titanium, each with a titanium pocket clip.

Whack-It Brass Mini Hammer

Whack-It Brass Mini Hammer
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This brass mini hammer from Barnett Prototyping is designed for tapping in nails in tight places where an ordinary hammer and handle won’t fit. It’s especially useful for things like pushing in cable staples along a baseboard, and also works as a nutcracker. Comes in 1.5″ long x 3/4″ diameter and 2″ long x 1″ diameter sizes.

Craighill Kepler Pen

Craighill Kepler Pen
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We love the smooth looks of Craighill’s latest writing instrument. Its all-metal body features an undulating ripple pattern with gradually larger waves as you move from its tip to its tail. There’s a reassuring clicker mechanism and it takes off-the-shelf Schmidt 635 refills. Comes in brass, stainless steel, or PVD black stainless.

Metal Circle Maze

Metal Circle Maze
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This version of the classic circular maze toy is made from cast brass or titanium alloy instead of plastic. It measures 48mm (appx. 1.89″) in diameter and it comes with three ceramic beads inside to roll through its corridors. A great desk toy for fidgeters.

Brass Microphone Upgrade

Brass Microphone Upgrade

Most smartphone headsets have tiny microphones built into their cords. W&M Levsha took one of those mics, pulled it from its case and created a new enclosure for it out of brass. The finished microphone has a 3.5mm jack for plugging it in and looks like a miniature version of one of those fancy studio microphones.

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A Very Tuba Christmas

A Very Tuba Christmas

Start celebrating the holidays with this festive medley of Christmas classics performed entirely on brass instruments. Musician Scott Sutherland put together this warm dose of holiday cheer along with 229 tuba and euphonium players from 21 countries around the globe.

Casting a Brass Front Man Mask

Casting a Brass Front Man Mask

The Front Man’s mask in Squid Game is just one of the hit series’ many great design elements. Ben from PressTube made a replica of the iconic low-poly mask by melting down empty brass bullet casings and then casting them in a sand mold he made from a 3D-printed model.

Oceanus Brass Sailor’s Compass

Oceanus Brass Sailor’s Compass

This elegant and practical navigational instrument from Oceanus Brass is machined from solid brass. It has a smoothly turning face dial and a protective cover that attaches securely with threads. Its oil-filled capsule ensures the pointer won’t stick, and a bright luminescent ring and pointer help with low-light visibility.

Higo no Kami Brass Pocket Knives

Higo no Kami Brass Pocket Knives
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Handmade in Japan’s Nagao Kanekoma factory, these pocket folders have a Wharncliffe blade made from Warikomi steel, wrapped in a satin brass handle, and comes in three sizes. The simple design and antique style have been passed down through five generations over 125 years. It also comes in satin black.

Bad: Euphonium Edition

Bad: Euphonium Edition

The musicians of theFivEquartet perform a lively brass arrangement of Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit track Bad. The instrument they’re playing is called a euphonium – which sits somewhere between a trumpet and a tuba. And how about those dance moves?

AC/DC Brass Cover

AC/DC Brass Cover

Brass player and arranger Seb Skelly and drummer Alex Shad performed this gleeful cover version of AC/DC’s hit track You Shook Me All Night Long. The combination of brass quintet and drums kind of reminds us of a marching band, minus the football field and the funny looking hats.

Brass Against: Uninvited

Brass Against: Uninvited

The consistently amazing Brass Against performs a killer big band cover version of the Alanis Morissette track Uninvited, lead by the monumental vocal talents of Sophia Urista, along with special guests Roopa Mahadevan and Suphala.

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Talon Ice Tongs

Talon Ice Tongs
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Do the chickens have large talons? We’re not sure, Napoleon. But these tongs sure do, and their mighty metal claws will hold onto your ice cubes like a bird with its prey. They’re made from antique brass-plated stainless steel and measure 7-7/8″ long.

Too Many Zooz: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Too Many Zooz: Smells Like Teen Spirit

The members of the brass-forward, lo-fi NYC band Too Many Zooz turn in one of the coolest cover versions of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit ever. Matt Muirhead’s trumpet stands in for Cobain’s vocals, Leo Pellegrino’s baritone sax takes the guitar parts, and David Parks kicks out the beats on his marching band drum kit.

Transforming a Screw into a Scorpion

Transforming a Screw into a Scorpion

Maker Ross the Random has a thing for turning hardware into critters. After he transformed a few nuts and bolts into a shiny hornet, he took a single screw and managed to massage it into a palm-sized sculpture of a scorpion.

Turning Bullet Casings Into Brass Coins

Turning Bullet Casings Into Brass Coins

If you’ve been to a firing range, you’ll see countless shell casings littering the ground. Seth over at Robinson Foundry wanted to put these to use, so he melted down the brass casings and turned them into custom coins. He created the shapes by 3D printing coin models, then placed them into a sand mold for casting.

Killer Queen Brass Cover

Killer Queen Brass Cover

When Queen created the track Killer Queen back in 1974, they probably never envisioned it being performed by a brass quintet. But here we are, nearly 50 years later, and the operatic rock classic sounds fantastic played on trumpet, solo horn, flugelhorn, soprano trumpet, and trumpet by the talented Seb Skelly.

Making a Stainless Steel 8-Ball

Making a Stainless Steel 8-Ball

A normal pool ball is made from polyester or phenolic resin, which makes them hard and durable. But the idea of playing billiards with metal balls intrigues us. My Mechanics rises to the challenge with this impressive stainless steel and brass 8-ball he made from scratch. We’d love to see a complete set of balls made this way.

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