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Helico Fidget Toy

Helico Fidget Toy

This unique spin on fidget toys uses helical gears, each with a herringbone pattern than allows them to interlock. Each set comes with a pair of machined brass and aluminum gears, which not only roll against each other, but can attach and spin on their sides thanks to strong neodymium magnets.

XENO K1 Cu Flashlight

XENO K1 Cu Flashlight
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Specode’s elegant keychain flashlight resembles a chunky dog tag, and is made from real brass. It packs a 60-lumen CREE XP-G2 LED light source, and is rechargeable via its MicroUSB port. Also available in aluminum.

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Machining Metal Pens

Machining Metal Pens

Artist Ilia Gyrevich makes unique and functional objects by machining metal. In this video, he shows off how he creates his EDC pens from brass rods, as the metal shavings fly forth in a most satisfying manner. You can buy his wares from the MachinedGift Etsy shop.

Don’t Stop Me Now: Brass Edition

Don’t Stop Me Now: Brass Edition

Musician and arranger Seb Skelly presents a wonderful one-man performance of Queen’s energetic and uplifting 1978 track Don’t Stop Me Now, played on horn, tuba, trombone, and a pair of trumpets. Feeling ambitious? Grab the sheet music here.

phi-Ruler

phi-Ruler

Designed by philosophy professor Foad Dizadji-Bahmani, the phi-Ruler is an elegant and modern work of functional art. Crafted from 1mm thick solid brass, it has 1″ and 1cm spaced holes in its center for drawing perpendicular lines, arcs, circles, and marks for drawing Golden Rectangles.

Building a Brass and Leather PC

Building a Brass and Leather PC

Today’s computers and gadgets are built from molded plastics and precision-cut metals, while vintage objects had so much character because of their use materials that can be imperfect. DIY Perks decided to build himself a unique PC that looks amazing because of its use of more traditional materials.

The Tycho Puzzle

The Tycho Puzzle

Craighill’s small, but substantial puzzle is made from four identical pieces of brass and four identical pieces of stainless steel, each precisely machined for an exacting fit. Once assembled, the finished piece is a beautiful, sculptural object to display on your desktop.

Making a Gold Playing Card Press

Making a Gold Playing Card Press

Metalsmith and watchmaker Clickspring created this incredible 24k gold-plated card press for puzzle collector Chris Ramsay. The process of meticulously milling, cutting, and engraving each part is just as fascinating as the piece itself. Those snake pieces alone are stunning.

Mountain Song: Brass Edition

Mountain Song: Brass Edition

The consistently awesome collective known as Brass Against cranks out another rollicking cover, this time taking on Jane’s Addiction’s 1988 track Mountain Song, this time lead by the ferociously soulful vocal talents of Maya Azucena.

Super Cache

Super Cache

Not to be confused with the popular WordPress plugin of the same name, Vital Carry’s Super Cache is the perfect keychain accessory, offering a safe home for pills, matches, or other small objects, with two bonuses: 1) it’s got a built-in match striker, and 2) it doubles as a Sharpie Mini holder. In Titanium, Copper, Brass, or Aluminum.

How Trumpets Are Made

How Trumpets Are Made

Take an inside look at the Vincent Bach factory, where they handcraft premium brass instruments. In this clip, watch as craftspeople transform stamped sheets of brass into a variety of precision trumpets for professional musicians. Along the way, you’ll learn about how a trumpet works too.

Sturdie Sharpie Marker Case

Sturdie Sharpie Marker Case

A smaller and slimmer version of the Tactical Marker metal Sharpie case. The Sturdie is meant to house the ink core of a Sharpie, so you get practically the same size and shape as the marker’s original body. It comes in titanium, aluminum, brass or copper.

99 Brass Balloons

99 Brass Balloons

Everyone’s a super hero… everyone’s a Captain Kirk. ’80s kids will get a kick out of musician Seb Skelly’s all-brass rendition of Nena’s bi-lingual hit track 99 Luftballoons aka 99 Red Balloons here in the states.

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Somebody to Love: Brass Edition

Somebody to Love: Brass Edition

While it’s not quite the spectacle of 28 people playing Bohemian Rhapsody on trombones, musician Seb Skelly’s 10-part brass cover version of Queen’s 1976 classic Somebody to Love is still fantastically entertaining.

ReyLight Pineapple V3 Flashlight

ReyLight Pineapple V3 Flashlight
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This small (3.8″ long) but substantial (3.3 oz) flashlight features a body milled from solid brass. Its 4000K Nichia 219C high CRI LED offers four modes, from a dim 2 lumen “moonlight” up to a bright 470 lumens (with a 14500 battery) when you really need to see what you’re doing.

Mr. Blue Sky on Trombones

Mr. Blue Sky on Trombones

While it’s not as awe-inspiring as 28 people playing Bohemian Rhapsody, musicians Christopher Bill and Seb Skelly’s all-brass cover version of ELO’s 1977 classic Mr. Blue Sky is sonically spot-on, and the perfect pick-me-up for a grey and dreary day.

Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen

Kaweco Brass Sport Rollerball Pen
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A timeless classic look for a truly special writing instrument. Each of these gel rollerball pens from Kaweco is made from a hunk of unlacquered solid brass, CNC machined to perfection. Also available in raw aluminum or mechanical pencil versions.

TM 2 Sharpie Marker Case

TM 2 Sharpie Marker Case

The Tactical Marker 2.0 or TM 2 is a tough metal case for Sharpie markers. You can even drive over them and they’ll remain undamaged. The carrier comes in aluminum, brass or copper variants and with your choice of a blue, black or red Sharpie.

The Pot: Brass Edition

The Pot: Brass Edition

(PG-13: Lyrics) Who are you to wave your finger? Brass Against the Machine and Sophia Urista once again wow us with an impressive cover orchestration, this time taking on Tool’s 2006 track The Pot and giving it a powerful new infusion of rock, jazz, and vocal energy.

Feel It Still: Brass Edition

Feel It Still: Brass Edition

Brooklyn, New York’s High & Mighty Brass Band gives Portugal. The Man’s big hit a shiny coat of paint, infusing the tune with a rich, layered, and jazzy new sound. This arrangement would work great for a football halftime show.

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Brass Sketchbook Stencils

Brass Sketchbook Stencils
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Jayden’s Apple makes nifty brass stencils that are perfect for sketch notebooks. The designs include arrows, flourishes, lettering, plants, speech bubbles, and more. The Journal Essential stencil kit includes elements for drawing checklists, calendars, circles, and grids.

Beyonce Against the Machine

Beyonce Against the Machine

Brass Against the Machine teamed up with vocalist Sophia Urista to create an amazing and energetic mashup, which combines the intensity of Rage Against the Machine’s Freedom with Beyonce’s Freedom. Download the track here.

DIY Batman Fidget Spinner

DIY Batman Fidget Spinner

If you ask us, there are already way too many fidget spinners. But if were going to play with one, it would have to be PressTube’s awesome custom build – an oversize brass triple spinner made by melting and molding bullet casings, then quenching them with liquid nitrogen.

Brass Capsule Multi-Tool

Brass Capsule Multi-Tool
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An elegant version of a classic design, Garrett Wade’s capsule tool has a solid brass case, and is filled with five useful tools, including slotted and phillips drivers, a pull-hook knife, drill bit, and a corkscrew. Simply unscrew the halves, slide in the tool, and tighten.

Making a Trumpet Mouthpiece

Making a Trumpet Mouthpiece

Please forgive us for posting videos with Flight of the Bumblebee three times in the same week, but this clip that shows the process of crafting a Vincent Bach trumpet mouthpiece from a brass rod was too captivating to pass up.

Brass Jack Desktop Puzzle

Brass Jack Desktop Puzzle
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Each of Craighill’s metal desk puzzles does double duty as a pint-sized work of art and a brain-teaser. The six-piece puzzle measures 3″ x 3″ x 3″, weighs about a pound, and is milled from solid cartridge brass in Massachusetts.

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