Where to find brass sheeting?

I'm planning a project involving but I'm unsure about where to find brass sheeting. Anyone know?

Posted by Chemical_Anomaly 8 years ago

jewelry box fittings

I am making my daughter a wooden jewelry box and want to spiff it up with brass fittings - corners, edges, etc. I can't find a supplier. All local stores have cabinet fittings ( drawer pulls, hinges, etc.). Any suggestions? If I bought thin brass sheets would I need special tools to make my own fittings? i want nice sharp 90 degree angles and curved edges.

Posted by lhomeniuk 6 years ago

Wood and brass give old iPod a fresh bit of class

Instead of just letting his old iPod slowly sift to the bottom of a drawer, this guy gave it a sweet new look. Carved wood, veneer, and some brass shows that he really cares. Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Cutting brass sheets: replicating Christmas ornaments

I'm looking to replicate a brass ornament for a dear friend. The ornaments in question are similar to these (http://imgur.com/a/WGPXE) Do you guys have any suggestions on how to get the precision for the concentric rings as well as the detail inside? I thought about using a Dremel for the detail work, and snips for the outside, but I'm having trouble coming up with a solution for the rounded rectangles.  Thanks!

Posted by RamboBrite 4 years ago

face plate

I would like some sinmatics of a steam punk face plate , u know for your face, kinda like a monicle

Posted by knuckel 8 years ago

Who plays Baritone/Euphonium/Baritone Horn?

Who plays baritone? And whoever does, do you have the sheet music for: "Peer Gynt, In The Home Of The Mountain King"? If so, please post.

Posted by BuildSleepThink 5 years ago

Results of Galvanic Etching UPDATE! 2 new plates

Hi everybody, I just tried the Galvanic Etching process described on Jake Von Slatt's website. I wanted to show off my results and offer my observations.RESULTS:1) The etch came out perfectly.. even details that looked WAY to fine to pick up came out clearly.2) The Inkjet Paper (Staples Photo Plus Gloss) took a bit of soaking to get off, but when I got a corner, It came off as one single layer.3) I had to re-iron the corners, so check those before soaking.OBSERVATIONS:1) a PC power supply worked fine for the etch.2) my Root Killer lists Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate... no noticeable issue with this versus plain copper sulfate3) Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate eats alumin(i)um... Using tin foil as the anode was a bad idea.. I went through three anodes over the course of the etch... next time I'll use copper.4) Electrical tape makes a great mask to cover the back and edges of your etch.5) Mr Clean Magic Eraser's make short work of the toner without marring the brass.and now.... the Picture. (this is before paint, polish & varnish, I haven't gotten to those parts yet)

Posted by gschoppe 10 years ago

Boring brass spittoons. What to do?

I have 2 very boring old brass spittoons I'm converting into planters. Is there chemical compound or something else I can apply to the brass to change the appearance?  I'd like to jazz them up without using paint. Any ideas?

Posted by bajablue 7 years ago

PETG,brass,pvc pipeing

Any scrap pipeing?

Posted by knexsuperbuilderfreak 8 years ago

best (inexpensive home) tool to cut thin brass cleanly?

I've been etching brass for a couple years now, but need a better way to cut and trim my plates than a hack saw and a straight edge... What's the best power tool for getting straight edges on thin brass plates? I've been thinking scroll saw or band saw, but I've been told that band saw blades will walk. would a scroll saw be a good idea?

Posted by gschoppe 9 years ago


Okay check it out. Recently i've had an interest in learning to play the trumpet, and i wanna know: is it difficult? I'm a player of the bass guitar, mandolin, guitar, ukulele, and a bit of harmonica, so ya see i have no brass experience.

Posted by wingman246 9 years ago

Need help with antique brass lamp

Hello All: I found this antique brass lamp and would like to restore it. I'm looking for information on how to clean it up and remove the tarnish. There's the chemical way (for instance, Brasso or others) or the "natural" way (I saw a vinegar, salt, flour paste). Has anyone had any experience with this that they can share? Also, I'm looking at what the final restoration will be. I have 3 ideas: 1. Restore it to it's brassy, original self with a torchiere globe (as in the last picture), 2. Restore it to original but modify it with an RGB LED nightlight in the base (next-to-last picture), 3. Clean it up but give it a steampunkish look by painting it a copper color, adding Edison bulbs to the 3 armatures, and maybe some etching on the globe. Any other ideas? Thanks, Kevin

Posted by nivsrom 3 years ago

How can I change the colour of a brass spike

Is there any way to change the colour of brass items and still keep that shiny glimmer once the colour has been changed? I want to change the silver colour brass to a burgundy blood red colour brass like on the images. Any suggestions or item recommendations to achieve this?

Posted by Darkwave5urfer 5 years ago

Thickness of compress air tanks, and max pressure of brass fittings?

Who here knows about compress air? Regarding about the tanks in standard air compressors if i'm ryt (70 to 90psi) how thick is the tank and is it stainless? also, standard brass fittings? wat r der maximum presure?? i need to know these for safety before i can proceed with my proj, if im correct presure tanks have d tendency tio explode. and metals shatter. so... i dont want to die yet... can anyone help?

Posted by No-Shi-De 6 years ago

Someone with Brass work skills for project - Blantyre, Scotland

I am looking for someone with brass work skills to help me with a project. I am trying to do a menorah as a replica from the one in Israel but no nothing about it

Posted by pjfsdias 4 years ago

What Do Nerf Gun Brass Barrel Mods Do?

I'm really confused by this. How does adding a brass barrel to it make a Nerf gun better?

Posted by Aeshir 11 years ago


Hello, I am currently in the process of making a pneumatic air-gun, I have previously made one out of PVC but had major leakage problems.. Ive moved on to metal.. Will high pressures break the welds and fly off and hit me in the face?? What pressures? Can I weld brass to steel?

Posted by alex117 9 years ago

My plastic extrusion

Hi I've made this little extrusion as a prototype: http://www.preciousplastic.com/little-extrusion/ It's for my graduation project at my school...(still in progress) However, This is small..I want to make it big! Does any of you guys have an idea where I can get a serious screw for inside the plastic extrusion? Are where to get them second hand? New price is around $2500...way to much for me...

Posted by davehakkens 5 years ago

electro plating pewter - brass

Hi, can any please tell me a simple way of plating pewter - brass   thankyou

Posted by BLOCKER999 5 years ago

Steampunk weaponry

Just to discuss all things related to steampunk weaponry (actually I am after some design insight) I'm building a steampunk longgun(micro-sniper) and It will shoot stuff, unlike all the other steampunk guns I can find here. It will be a functional piece, except not utilizing gunpowder ammunition. Anything relating to homebrew loading mechanisms, coils, design, etc would be awesome.

Posted by The Ideanator 8 years ago

brass capacitive touch screen stylus questions

Hello everybody i recently purchased a samsung galaxy 2 tablet and tried to make a brass stylus for it only to find it would not work any ideas why? thank you, fidgety2

Posted by fidgety2 5 years ago

How to permanantly darken a brass zipper?

I recently bought a coat, all black, but the zippers are a very bright brass. I'd like to darken them if I can, so they don't stand out as much. Any suggestions? Hopefully without staining or otherwise damaging the coat itself, which is a 55/45 cotton/polyester blend.

Posted by SpinneNetz 8 years ago

Desktop Plating Machine

For a Desktop plating machine, what type of container would you use, how would you pin it out and how much voltage would you need? thanks in advance, also, i know that there was another instructable written by my former self , but I know that I did not build it right.

Posted by Steamdnt 9 years ago

Help! mouse is being stupid!

HELP! My mouse has a clicking problem. In that; whenever i try to click, it doesn't work, and i find myself having to click multiple times with some force in order to get a result, but it's not consistent. Sometimes, it works straight off, and sometimes it takes upwards of 20 clicks, in order to get my computer to do anything. The problem's also isolated to only the left button, the right one's fine. I reckon it's just dirt or something in the mouse, but it's really inconvenient. Any ideas on what i can do to fix it? can i fix it? To give you something pretty to look at, here's a brass cog: Thanks for all the replies. I've just had the case off, and cleaned the rollers. I looked at the switch and there was no dirt packed around it. I clicked the switch without the case on and it still didn't work, which leads me to believe that it's actually the switch that's damaged, and therefore it's not worth trying to fix.

Posted by Vendigroth 10 years ago

Brassgoggles steampunk site is down?

I know they many people who visit this site also visit brassgoggles.co.uk and the accompanying forum, and i know there's quite a lot of overlap between these two sites, with members migrating here, to show off their work, for example; Heresyoftruth and aintmicheal. For the past few days, i've not been able to access the site, nor its forum from any of the computers i've tried with. All i get is a screen that tells me: "Error establishing a database connection This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can't contact the database server at This could mean your host's database server is down." Does anyone have any idea what's going on? Has anyone heard from a moderator, or do they know where i can contact a mod? I'm starting to get worried about this.

Posted by Vendigroth 10 years ago

Correctly identify Aluminum, smelting brass

 How can I correctly identify aluminum?  Aside from the weight, how do I find out if it is pure or some alloy that will make make even the vultures drop dead when smelted. Owing to a project I'm working on where I wish to cast letters in aluminum for a wind harp, I have been on a search here on the farm. Have found literally 200kg of scrap brass and and about 35g of aluminum! The letters have to be out of aluminum for rust reasons. 2nd Question Does zinc alloy aluminum rust in the same fashion? 3rd Question Brass. I haven't researched it yet, but could anyone give me a clue as to smelting the stuff? Thanks

Posted by Karroo Oakey 8 years ago

toxic copper fumes

I have made a tabacco pipe out of a brass bowl and a copper pipe that fits into the bowl. i have heard that copper gives off toxic fumes. will it do so if it is burning in the brass?

Posted by Nitrate495 9 years ago

Brass/Sax Cheap Mic Setup

I have made a cheap setup that attaches to your instruments bell and provides a clearer sound then a mic mounted on a desk. Oh did I mention it cost me about $2.00- $2.50? Please let me know if anyone is interested in an Instructable on this?

Posted by LinemenOwn 9 years ago

Where to buy 6mm brass or stainless steel tubing?

Does anyone know where to buy good lengths of 6mm ID stainless steel or brass tubing?  When I say good length I mean like around 4 feet continuous.  And the tolerance must be very good, in the degree of 0.01mm I've been searching for a while, but getting metric tubing in the US in lengths of anything more than 10 inches or 300cm is hard.  The closest I've found was 6.22mm (which is really 0.2425 inch or something like that), but Ideally I want the ID to be between 6.00 and 6.08 mm and in case if anyone is wondering, I'm building an airsoft sniper, which uses 6mm BB's

Posted by guyfrom7up 8 years ago

Brass Vietnam Zippo repair.. Help!

Any one experienced with repair of small gauge hinge's, or is familiar with Zippo's repair? I need help... :) Please... I have two '67 '68 Vietnam brass Zippo's... They have been authenticated. One of which, has a broken hinge. I was interested in repairing it, as on the base side it has disintergrated. I am hesitant to send it to Zippo... As I believe, it is still under warranty yet I am worried that a standard hinge replacement would look odd.... as they won't age the brass etc... Could come back looking bad... Although I know, Zippo is great at servicing them! It already has ALOT, of pewter throughout the brass... Obviously fairly rusted out at some stage... And I was wondering, has anyone used pewter to mend brass before? I'm sure it's not common practice, because of colour differences etc.. Perhaps I should call Zippo to find out first hand.... Just for interest sake... Has anyone got the same inscription... I haven't seem the second of these before... I'd be interested if it is a generic quote or written be the owner... "I'VE LOVED EVERY INCH OF THE LAND I STAND, I'LL DIE BEFORE I RUN" Tactical Air Command:- "CAME DOWN THE HELL, FELL DOWN THE GOD" Any help would appreciated. Thanks! ;) Sorry about the cruddy phone pics... Doesn't really do them justice... :(

Posted by Lftndbt 10 years ago

Steampunk lighsaber?

I found some scrap brass lying around and wanted to make something steampunk. The only metal I had lying around was brass. I found a 6 in. shaft that was just begging to be a lightsaber. I attached a male coupling to one end the shaft, and a female coupling to the other end. It sort of has a steampunk vibe to it. Right now the only material being used is brass and I have not permanently attached anything. I looked at a bunch of lightsaber tutorials for ideas but I want to keep the steampunk aesthetic. Do you think this is even a good idea?

Posted by sauceman56 9 years ago

Blasting Cap help

I was wondering what others use for their cap bodies, i have been told to use spent brass to hold the HMTD. any better suggestions?? ANFO doesnt like brass so i was wondering if AL casing or heavy paper casing would work better? Thanks.

Posted by joeskater26 8 years ago

Spike nuckles or bras nuckles

Hey can somebody make like brass nuckles with spikes? that would be sweet

Posted by ®SkankinCow 11 years ago

Threaded Brass Inserts, 6-32, Sonic Weld, Press or Solder.

Add threads to new projects as well as modify or repair existing products. If the plastic you are using can be melted with a soldering iron you can place the insert on the part you want to add threads to. Then heat the insert with a soldering iron and press in to the part as the insert melts the plastic. Try with and without pilot hole. Excess plastic can be cleaned up with a dremel tool. You can also try soldering the inserts to the surface of metals that can be soldered such as copper and brass. Add these as threaded standoffs by soldering to bare copper on you circuit boards. Just the right color for steam punk projects. This part can be pressed into some materials with the right size pilot hole. Get them here: 50 pieces for $9.00. Free shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Pieces-Brass-Threaded-Insert-6-32-Ships-Free-/130947172652?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash;=item1e7d0f492c#ht_96wt_1084   12 pieces for $5.50 http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-Pieces-6-32-Brass-Threaded-Insert-Free-Shipping-/130947489203?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash;=item1e7d141db3#ht_115wt_1084

Posted by luxstar 5 years ago

Numatic vs combustion

This is a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages about using nematic or combustion technicsto launch whatever.

Posted by Brass bum 10 years ago

Long-running clockwork sculpture

The craftsmanship that went into building this clock is really spectacular! Everything was designed by the artist, from the movement to the machining of components.The woodwork is oak and the brass imagery was acid-etched.

Posted by zazenergy 7 years ago

diet coke and mentos launcher

I was wondering if there was a controled way of launching a diet coke and mentos rocket. does anyone have any ideas

Posted by Brass bum 10 years ago

What's the name of this brass part?

This is on an adjustable length cane, where this thing can be pushed into the inside of the tube to adjust length of the cane, and pushed out by a spring with a "click" sound to lock the length. This is also on kayak paddles to select and lock the angle of the paddles. In fact, this is fairly common and used in many other places... But I don't know its name. I want to use this on one of my project and I am not sure what name should I use to search for the parts. Anyone can help? Thanks!

Posted by ccyg8774 1 year ago

Custom castings

Macaulay foundry is available for short run and one off castings in resin, fiberglass, aluminum, brass and iron. Please check us out at www.themacaulayfoundry.com or see us at www.youtube.com/macaulayman

Posted by macaulayman 10 years ago

Failing to ground a light fixture. Help

I asked my husband to turn a brass boat prop into a hanging light fixture. It doesn't seem to be Grounding because the light is very dim. Any ideas?

Posted by Cravinsalt 1 year ago

Valve question

Hi all ... my first post is actually a question. I have been searching for the name of a specific type of valve. More specifically the name of the valve in a refillable butane lighter (the intake valve). The little brass valve that is usually at the bottom. I need something similar for a proeject I am working on but after looking for a while I have yet even to come up with a specific name for it. Also, if somebody could tell me where I could find some (doesn't have to be brass - as long as it is metal) ... I need about 20 minimum to begin with. Thank you very much, Iza Bl..

Posted by izablue 11 years ago

Steampunk Skull Mouse

This creepy, yet amazing, mouse is made from a sheep's skull and bits of brass. Yup, this adds an extra gothic element to steampunkland and it looks so good that I'd be afraid to use it and muck it all up.Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

What are these tools used for?

Anybody out there have any idea what this set of tools would be used for? I was thinking maybe glass sculpture or clay sculpture work? Wood handles with brass shafts/heads. Approx 9-1/2" long overall.

Posted by stephenj007 1 year ago

Steampunk USB Memory

Meticulously crafted from hand-polished brass and copper, the USB drive reminds me of something out of the art deco neo-future of Buck Rogers - or perhaps more apropos - Flash Gordon.If you want to know how to make it yourself, learn to read russian and go HERE

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago

Photos in html

Hi! I recently posted my instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Stamp-With-Brass-Inlay/ it got put on the homepage and has tons of views but no likes, this may be because i made the 'ible quite long by adding photos directly into the html, making it harder to see the whole thing, should i remove the photos?

Posted by MakerBox 2 years ago

lacrosse gloves

Hey im going to upload an instructable on how to make your own lacrosse gloves 4 cheep. so tell me your favorite design and ill try to make them. these are my favorite. the warrior Brass monkey gloves. I play defence so the extra knuckle protection helps alot.

Posted by michael J. caboose 9 years ago

[SOLVED] How do I crimp RS Banana Plugs

I bought a set of Radio Shack Crimp-On Banana Plugs, but can't figure out how they crimp... they seem to be pretty thick brass... has anyone used these? if so, how do I crimp them?

Posted by gschoppe 10 years ago

Bearing/fulcrum for a pendulum

I want to swing a locket on a chain like a pendulum and I want to minmise the friction experienced where the chain attaches to the supporting post. What sort of bearing or similar device should I use for this? Ideally it should be available in a bronze/dirty brass colour but I guess I can deal with it if it isn't.

Posted by THX 1138 10 months ago

NOBODY has made any comments yet!

I went to eric's page today, and got a message that he hasn't posted any comments yet. I've seen this bug before, but seriously, now it's affecting the highest levels of instructables brass! EDIT: I've checked. It's global. Everyone is affected. =O

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago

Need to identify 2 objects: one works "like" a lock, the other looks LIKE a door knocker....

Pictured are the two items: several pictures of the FIRST item are included since it needs them so show "what" it does and all it's nuances; the second item there is only one picture of it and a notation on the picture. Can anyone identify them?   The "brass" looking first piece seems to work like some sort of lock with a very simple I beam shaped "key" to unlock it.   The black item "appears" to be a door knocker "except" it is WAY too light in weight (aluminum or something).  Thank you for any replies.... OH and BTW,  can't we add "notes" to the pictures anymore? NEW INFO: on the anchor looking thing,  there is green in the crevasses, dark green and hard to see....an indicator of  metal composition  (copper ?).

Posted by Goodhart 6 years ago