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Great Balls of Steel

Great Balls of Steel

Footage from Shandong Iraeta’s factory where they manufacture steel grinding balls. Watch as tubes of metal are heated, then forged into molten orbs which roll down an assembly line before landing in a cooling vat. The music makes it just that much more dramatic.

Steel Wool + Liquid Oxygen

Steel Wool + Liquid Oxygen

Steel wool is really useful for scrubbing and cleaning. But it’s also incredibly flammable. The guys from The King of Random decided to play with fire, and see how it might react if a lit piece of the shredded metal was dropped into a cup of styrofoam filled with liquid oxygen.

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Making a Steel Noose Keychain

Making a Steel Noose Keychain

Maker Mr Novruz walks us through the process of turning a single length of stainless steel wire into a cool and useful holder for keys. There’s something wonderfully satisfying every time he bends and twists the metal.

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Tubes

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Tubes

One of the practical uses of a hydraulic press is to flatten out metal, so there’s no question about who will win in this battle. But watching long tubes of steel deforming under pressure is still wonderfully satisfying. They should start selling the results as sculptures.

Cork Disc Chair

Cork Disc Chair

Quartertwenty created this slick piece of upcycled modern furniture which is made using cork from inside of aluminum baseball bats. The cork provides style and cushioning, while aluminum rods and steel provide stability.

Rolling a Steel Ring

Rolling a Steel Ring

Mesmerizing footage from inside QSC Forge, as a large ring of molten steel is gradually spun, flattened, and widened to form a smooth and perfectly round circle. Combined with a perfectly soothing soundtrack, the clip doubles as your daily 9-minute meditation.

Making a Lamp from Nuts

Making a Lamp from Nuts

Looking for a project to put basic welding skills to use? Check out this DIY idea from Ollari’s – a lamp with a shade made by welding a bunch of steel nuts around a curved form, and a base made out of the same. It’s a cool enough design that we’ll forgive his spelling of “baking soda.”

Making a Forbidden Dagger

Making a Forbidden Dagger

Not every knife has to have a single continuous edge, does it? Watch as blademaker Miller Knives cuts out and sculpts a truly unusual knife with a crazy staggered edge. It looks like something out of a video game or a comic book, and also like it would be really deadly.

Forged Iron Bottle Opener

Forged Iron Bottle Opener

Massachusetts blacksmith shop Hammer on Steel hand-forges each of these bottle openers from iron and steel. They make a perfect groomsmen’s gift, and can be custom monogrammed with the recipient’s initials at no extra cost.

The Can’t Table

The Can’t Table

Vintage Industrial’s dramatic conference table looks like it should tip over, but thanks to its cantilevered design, it’s solid and stable. Each one is hand-built from cold-rolled and heavy plate steel, and has a 96″ x 40″ tabletop.

Bending Steel Tube

Bending Steel Tube

CMM Laser shows off a nifty construction method which uses lasers to cut flexible corners into square steel tube, allowing them to be bent into custom shapes and angles all from a single piece, and without a bending machine.

Making Damascus Steel from Washers

Making Damascus Steel from Washers

At first we thought shurap was fixing a bowl of cereal for Bender the robot, but what he’s actually doing in this video is creating a hardened damascus steel knife by melting together spring washers and powdered iron and smashing them together, over and over.

Blaze Tower Fire Pit

Blaze Tower Fire Pit

A dramatic way to warm up any backyard space, the Blaze gives you a portable outdoor fireplace complete with a chimney to direct smoke and ash, and a storage area underneath for spare logs. Made from sturdy 3/16″ steel, and weighs about 200 lb when fully assembled.

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Mantis Knives MTF-4Tib Echo

Mantis Knives MTF-4Tib Echo

A phenomenally designed folding knife from Mantis Knives. This hefty 9″ long tool features a 4″ tanto-style blade made from S30V steel, and handles made from titanium with G-10 scales for grip. Weighs a whopping 1/2 pound, so this thing means business.

Bending a Coil Spring

Bending a Coil Spring

A fantastically satisfying bit of factory footage, in which a steel rod is heated and bent into the shape of a giant spring. The fire at the end is because of oil and dirt particles burning off. More hot coil-bending action here.

How Steel Wool Is Made

How Steel Wool Is Made

An old segment from How It’s Made which shows how a steel rod is gradually made thinner and thinner, then run through a metal shaving machine, and woven together to transform it into the scrubby cleaning material we’re familiar with.

Bottoms up Shot Glasses

Bottoms up Shot Glasses

Owen & Fred’s stainless steel shot glasses each hold 2oz of your favorite spirit, and are die stamped with an appropriate cheer of “Bottoms Up” in the bottom that you can read as you prepare to gulp down your drink.

Minimum BASIC Knife

Minimum BASIC Knife

Ensizen Design’s absolutely stunning handmade friction-folding knife has a VG10 damascus steel blade, sandwiched between Titanium 6AL4V scales which almost look like concrete, along with a micarta backspacer. Includes a handmade Horween Dublin sleeve.

Larger-than-life Samurai Sculpture

Larger-than-life Samurai Sculpture

Thailand sculptor Mari9art’s incredible build is made from recycled car parts and scrap steel. It measures 2.2m tall (~7.2 ft), and includes free door-to-port shipping, though getting it to your house might be a challenge from there. His lifesize T-Rex is even more mindblowing.

Burning Steel Wool in Macro

Burning Steel Wool in Macro

We already knew that steel wool looks pretty damned awesome when set afire, but Macro Room shows a new perspective on the flammable metal, with some eye-popping slow-motion closeups, followed by a nifty persistence of vision effect.

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Damascus Skull Money Clip

Damascus Skull Money Clip

While we’re carrying cash less and less these days, when we do have a wad of money in our pockets, it should look this awesome. This metal clip from Hikari Japan is made from damascus steel, and holds up to 15 bills. In matte or shiny finishes.

Displate Metal Posters

Displate Metal Posters

Displate offers imagery from over 1000 artists, printed onto a slim steel canvas. A magnetic wall mounting system makes them easy to hang, they look great, and there’s something for just about every style. (Thanks Eric!)

WOOD.b Bicycle

WOOD.b Bicycle

Crafted from ash plywood and steel, we like the clean lines of the WOOD.b bicycle, a collaboration from Strasbourg-based BSG and Thibaut Malet. Available in September 2013.

Recycled Bike Part Chandeliers

Recycled Bike Part Chandeliers

If you’re near San Antonio, check out Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock’s Ballroom Luminoso, a series of six chandeliers made from custom structural steel, LEDs and recycled bicycle parts, installed in a cement underpass.

Horrible Holiday Hooligans

Horrible Holiday Hooligans

You don’t need a tree to enjoy these festive HOrrible HOliday HOoligans by Sebastian Reymers. 3 jerks with a saw, axe and match hanging around? Sounds just like the holidays at our house.

Black Fan

Black Fan

Witold Szostak’s Black Fan is a sheer thing of beauty, crafted from wenge wood, stainless steel and Dacron. Its wide jet turbine like shape will keep all but the biggest rooms nice and cool.

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