There’s a musical instrument called a steel guitar, but it’s named for its metal slide, and not the material it’s made from. But metalsmith Paul Pinto decided to actually make a guitar out of the weighty metal. Watch as he cuts, welds, forges, and grinds a steel plate into a beautiful chrome-plated instrument. Now how does it sound?
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Fred Conlon’s whimsical metalwork is all over SLC, especially his mischievous monsters made from industrial scrap and old tools. “Proudly made in the USA from worldwide junk” is the Sugarpost motto. He really nailed it with office supplies like a pliers pen cup, wrench desk caddy, and Hammer Hits Nail business card holder.
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.
Canadian steel fabrication company Ironmen Industries created this unique metal rod that’s got two interwoven threads, allowing nuts with opposite threads to move in different directions. We’re not sure of the practical application but it sure would make an amazing fidget toy. Originally spotted by Stene Woodwork.
Celebrate your home state every time you pop open a cold one. Brandon and Erin Spangler’s handmade bottle openers are shaped like each of the United States. They’re plasma-cut from steel and finished with black oxide. Sizes vary based on the shape of your state of choice.
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.
Ever wonder how they make coils of sheet metal? This fascinating footage captured by Sweden’s Dalarna University at the SSAB hot rolling mill shows how a giant slab of steel is heated, then cleaned, roughed, and rolled through a series of machines into gradually thinner and thinner layers.
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.
There are time-tested blacksmithing techniques for twisting metal into knot-like structures. But what if you want to tie a steel rod into an actual knot? Paul Pinto shows us how his method for making a tight overhand knot using a combination of bending, hammering, and stretching. The engine hoist trick is a good one.
Go inside of Italy’s Beta Utensili factory, where they take pieces of raw steel, heat them, hot roll, and machine hammer them into their rough shapes, before cutting them out, sand blasting, grinding, tumbling, and refining their openings before hardening and plating each piece into a finished combination wrench.
Stop wasting paper sticky notes, and instead jot your thoughts on this desktop whiteboard. The FluidStance Slope offers a smooth, dry-erase surface, and fits perfectly between your keyboard and your computer screen. It’s got a tray for storing markers, and is made from powder-coated steel so magnets can stick to it too.
Alex Dodson of Burned by Design makes some pretty sweet Star Wars fire pits. But if you’re looking for something you can burn indoors, check out this dogfighting duo. The pair of steel candlesticks is handmade to order using laser-cut steel, and will look great sitting on your bookshelf as the Empire and Rebellion battle it out with fire.
This teensy keychain knife is perfect for opening boxes, slicing paper, or cutting twine, and doubles as a touch tool for keeping your fingers from pushing buttons or switches. Its 0.5″ long blade is razor sharp, and stows securely inside of either a stainless steel or titanium capsule.
Fishbone’s metal gadget is designed for knotless joining and tying of ropes and straps. It holds up to 0.5″ rope or 1″ flat webbing, and has built-in neodymium magnets for stacking and storage. Available in stainless steel or lightweight aluminum. They also make a mini version for paracord and skinny cord.
This very special edition G-SHOCK watch features a black IP finish that’s been laser-etched top reveal a grid pattern straight out of TRON. The square-faced, solar-powered watch features multiband atomic timekeeping, world time, stopwatch, countdown, alarm, and calendar functions, along with Bluetooth connectivity.
ProudPyro’s picnic table kit lets you build your own outdoor furniture with a unique, modern design. Its curved metal plates have cutouts which hold 2×6 boards for the top and seats, along with 2x4s for the supports. It includes all of the steel parts necessary for assembly – just bring your own wood and screws.
Do you have heaps of brush or other debris you need to burn? Skip the burn barrels and uncontained piles. Made from thick 14 gauge steel, Pyro Cages keep fires controlled, and help feed them with airflow thanks to their perforated sides. They come in a variety of sizes, along with optional lids and risers available.
There are plenty of kits out there that let you build a tabletop marble run, but Daniel de Bruin shows you how you can build your own marble track using a spool of picture hanging wire, some solder, and a few household tools. Daniel previously built a room-size marble machine as a demonstration of how economies work.
Easter eggs are usually made from, uh, eggs… or maybe chocolate. But metalsmith shurap likes his eggs really, really hard-boiled. So to celebrate Easter 2020, he made himself an egg out of steel cable. We love the intricate damascus patterns that emerged in the finished piece.
Metal Art of Wisconsin makes these awesome steel fire pits for Jeep fans. Each one is laser-cut from 12-gauge, hot-rolled steel, and assembles easily with a tab and groove design. They come in 2-door Wrangler, 4-door Wrangler, and Gladiator variants, and feature removable hoods and roofs for access. (Thanks Christian!)
This useful multitool features a sturdy 440C steel blade that works as a serrated knife, chisel, lever, belt cutter, scraping tool, and more. Its G-10 handle scales provide good grip, and it comes with a matching leather sheath. Measures 6.25″ long overall, with a 1.25″ blade length.
This stunning work of blacksmithing comes from Black Forge Knives. It’s made from 1095 and 15n20 damascus steel, attached to a hand-carved rosewood handle. It comes with a handcrafted leather sheath to protect its head when not in use. Measures 21.75″ overall length, with a 6.5″ cutting edge. (Must be 18+ to purchase.)
As metalsmith Shurap has proven before, you can make damascus from just about any kind of steel hardware. In this clip, he melts down thousands of tiny ball bearings, and transforms them into a uniquely patterned blade. Because of their sheer number, they appear to be one of the more challenging materials to work with.
Want to leave a memorable impression with your clients and prospects? MyMetalBusinessCard will whip you up some awesome looking 1.5mm thick stainless steel business cards with a built-in bottle opener and an optional magnetic back. They’re not cheap, but they also won’t end up in the bin like other cards.
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