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.
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.
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.
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.
3D printed objects are typically made out of plastic. But as Robinson Foundry shows us, these computer-generated pieces can be used to produce detailed castings for more substantial materials. In this case, he output a 3D print of a menacing alien emperor and used it to create a ceramic mold for an awesome brass sculpture.
The curvy tower design of the PlayStation 5 has been polarizing, to say the least. Whatever you may think of its looks, there’s no arguing that the brass case Matt from DIY Perks built is amazing. Cutting and bending the brass into the proper shapes took a tremendous amount of work, but the end result was worth the effort.
Rademic Puzzles creates awesome-looking metal puzzles, including the stainless steel Hexahog. This 3-dimensional puzzle is made of 14 unique pieces which interlock to form an outer cage and an inner cage, which contains a sculptural brass nugget. PuzzleMaster explains the puzzle’s design without giving away any tricks.
STØBERI’s hexagonal brass pen offers the perfect combination of minimalism and timeless design. The pen’s shape keeps it from rolling, while its metal construction provides substance and durability. Its threaded cap matches the hex shape, concealing its purpose until needed.
Minute Objects‘ wallet-sized card includes details on 79 different measurement units, including abbreviations and conversion multipliers. Reference charts include length, area, volume, mass, pressure, and temperature, as well as metric prefixes. Each card is laser engraved on a black-plated brass sheet. They also make a Periodic Table card.
Virginia Beach tool shop Teale Designs handmakes a variety of useful pocket pry bars, each of which features a bottle opener and a lanyard hole. Some models also hold a screwdriver bit, too. We particularly like the perforated designs, which not only look cool but reduce weight. They come in stainless steel or brass.
From the makers of the Bosun’s Edge knife comes another beautiful, nautically-inspired tool. The Kraken Blade packages a sharp and replaceable utility blade into an elegant solid brass handle. It deploys with a quick snap action, then holds closed with a magnetic catch. An optional bow shackle can be used for attaching the knife.
This handmade brass case is perfect for carrying business cards, so they don’t get bent up in your pocket or wallet. Its friction-fit lid stays on firmly, and it’s also big enough to hold folded U.S. currency if you use it to carry cash. Measures 4″ x 3.75″ x 0.5″.
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…
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the perils of living in the big city is being awakened in the middle of the night to the sound of an annoying car alarm that just won’t shut up. Back in 2018, the group Too Many Zooz invited musicians to create something more entertaining with the repetitive noise, and Pittsburgh band Big Blitz rose to the challenge.
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.