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Turning a Bolt into a Golden Phoenix

Turning a Bolt into a Golden Phoenix

Maker Ross The Random loves to turn ordinary items into works of art. In this video, he shows us how he transformed a simple brass bolt into a shiny metal phoenix through a series of heating, bending, hammering, filing, and cutting with basic hand tools.

Brass Against: Pull the Trigger

Brass Against: Pull the Trigger

Brass Against is known for its energetic brass cover versions of rock songs. Led off by the powerful vocals of Sophia Urista, their performances are like a lit stick of dynamite dropped into a fireworks warehouse. In this clip, they bang out an amazing original track that you’ll want to play at maximum volume.

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Glass House Bird Feeder

Glass House Bird Feeder

Created by Ontario, Canada artists Erica and Steven Moore, this glass and brass bird feeder attaches to your window using clear suction cups, letting you watch birds nibble on seeds up close and personal. It measures appx. 8″ x 8″ x 8″, and is suitable for a variety of avians from chickadees to blue jays.

Paranoid Android Brass Edition

Paranoid Android Brass Edition

Radiohead’s 1997 classic Paranoid Android always cuts deep when we hear it, and it’s as power-packed as ever with this amazing cover version by UK brass band Old Dirty Brasstards. The trumpet does a surprisingly good job standing in for Thom Yorke’s vocals.

Talon Ice Tongs

Talon Ice Tongs

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.

Brass Cat Incense Burner

Brass Cat Incense Burner

Coppertist Handmade creates some really wonderful little trinkets from various metals. Among their many unique items are these marble-finish brass incense burners in the shape of a house cat. Each one wields its aromatic stick like a kitty with a lightsaber while symbolizing independence, curiosity, and rebirth.

Stria Folding Ruler

Stria Folding Ruler

The Stria is an elegant and substantial drawing instrument that will look great sitting on your desktop. It folds to half of its length via a metal dovetail joint and opens to provide a 30cm / 11.8″ ruler. It features a wedge shape for confident line drawing, imperial and metric markings, and comes in brass or steel.

Viper Bottle Opener

Viper Bottle Opener

Farmer Customs‘ machined metal bottle opener is the perfect keychain companion. It’s got a sleek, yet pragmatic design that allows it to hang a keys from either end, and clips easily onto your belt or pants pocket. Available in aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, or titanium for the ultimate in strength.

Pop-Culture Medley Duet

Pop-Culture Medley Duet

Musician Matt Brockman plays the trumpet alongside himself in this fun medley of familiar tunes from movies, TV, and pop music. The arrangement was put together by Kevin McKee, but the performance is 100% Matt and his lips. We also enjoyed his performances of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and the theme from Jaws.

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.

Rusty Bolt Into Steampunk Lighter

Rusty Bolt Into Steampunk Lighter

One of the great things about metal is just how recyclable it can be. In this video from Random Hands, he shows how he transformed a rusty old bolt into a shiny new lighter with a steampunk aesthetic. While the reused steel was only used for its main chamber, the additional brass pieces really give it a finished look.

Making a Brass Judge’s Gavel

Making a Brass Judge’s Gavel

Back when we worked in an office, we always wanted a gavel so we could demand order in the conference room when people started talking on top of each other. Jimmy DiResta’s friend just became a federal judge, so he made him a beautiful brass gavel from scratch. We had no idea you could mill brass with a razor blade.

Bumblebee on a Watering Can

Bumblebee on a Watering Can

Musician Martyn Stroud can usually be found playing the trombone or teaching students how to play one. He recently performed the notoriously tricky Flight of the Bumblebee using nothing but a plastic watering can and the mouthpiece from one of his brass instruments, for no other reason than a little backyard fun.

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C13 MicroKnife

C13 MicroKnife

Carbon13’s nifty keychain tool might just be the smallest knife you can buy. The tiny knife features a double-edged knife that remains safely under a rubber guard until you need it. Available in carbon fiber, titanium, brass, or a mix-and-match combo pack.

Here Comes the Sun: Brass Edition

Here Comes the Sun: Brass Edition

Having a tough time waking up and starting your day? Let musician Seb Skelly ease you out of the funk with a cover of The Beatles’ track Here Comes the Sun that starts out slow and smooth, and ramps up into a bright and cheerful ray of light. Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…

Flipo Flip Kinetic Toy

Flipo Flip Kinetic Toy

Machined from a solid hunk of aluminum or brass, the Flipo Flip offers a unique take on the desktop fidget toy. This metal plaything is designed to feel great in the hand, and is perfectly weighted for flipping, spinning, and manipulation with your fingers. Available in hexagonal and square designs.

The Brass Pretender

The Brass Pretender

Musician Seb Skelly arranged and performed this energetic cover version of Foo Fighters’ 2007 hit The Pretender, with melody and harmonies played on trumpet, solo horn, trombone, and flugelhorn, with his pal Jordan keeping rhythm on drums.

Shiny Stubby Fat Pens

Shiny Stubby Fat Pens

From the Truth in Advertising Department, machinist Brian Howey’s shiny, stubby, and fat metal pens have a clean, minimal look to them, and measure just 4-3/4″ long. They come in various combinations of aluminum, brass, and copper, and can be optioned out with a matching leather case from UpState Handmade.

Smootherpro Hex Bolt Pen

Smootherpro Hex Bolt Pen

A bargain-priced bolt-action pen, CNC machined from brass, and featuring a hexagonal body to prevent rolling off of your desktop. Available in natural brass, or antique bronze finishes, and accepts easily-found refills from Parker, Fisher and Schneider.

Cleankey Antimicrobial Hand Tool

KeySmart hops on the personal safety bandwagon with their version of a remote touch tool. The Cleankey puts distance between your fingertips and public surfaces using germ-resistant brass. It can push buttons, pull levers, and open door handles without touching them. Save 33% on this 3-pack in The Awesomer Shop.

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MecArmy Mini Compasses

MecArmy Mini Compasses

MecArmy’s miniature compass is small enough to wear as a pendant, on your keychain, or attached to a bag. It features a high-sensitivity movement with an anti-magnetic bearing, glow-in-the-dark markings, and comes in copper, brass, or TC4 titanium for $10 extra. Measures 1.48″ L x 0.925″ W x 0.51″ H.

Family Peacemaker

Family Peacemaker

A classy alternative to drawing straws, this brass cylinder comes with 10 metal pegs, each engraved with a number. When you need to decide who’s going first in a board game or any other activity, you simply draw pegs to determine the order. It’s funny to us that it resembles a revolver cylinder.

Craighill Brass Desk Knife

Craighill Brass Desk Knife

This minimal brass utility knife features a design inspired by Japanese kiridashi blades. It’s perfect for opening packaging, letters, or scoring materials. Cut from a solid brass rod, it measures 5.25″ long, and weighs 4.5 oz. A concrete plinth stand can be added for $35 extra. Available for a limited time from Drop.

The Golden Rule(r)

The Golden Rule(r)

Sicoli’s wallet-sized card is great for designers, architects, artists, and engineers. The solid brass card features rulers along its edges, as well as guides for drawing circles and arcs, as well as measuring angles, all presented in a design inspired by the Golden Spiral.

StatGear Hygiene Hand

StatGear Hygiene Hand

Designed by a retired NY City paramedic, StatGear’s Hygiene Hand is a keychain-sized tool you can use to push buttons and open doors without touching them with your hand. It’s made from solid brass, which is an inherently antimicrobial metal. They hope to start shipping as soon as May 2020.

Bosun’s Edge Knife

Bosun’s Edge Knife

Oceanus Brass presents a knife with a great, nautically-inspired design. Its retractable and replaceable scalpel-style blade holds firmly in place with a thumbscrew, and its rear offes a bow-shackle attachment point, like the ones used to fasten lines on ships.

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