Mid Century Starburst Key Holder

mid century key holder

Mid Century Retro-style

If your decor needs a retro 1970’s style addition, then look no further than this mid century starburst key holder.  It was hand braze welded with an oxygen acetylene torch and is largely made up of masonry square cut nails.  The filler metal used was bare bronze brazing alloy.  A paste flux was used to prevent oxidation during heating.

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Brazed Masonry Nail Starburst

The second image captures a more closeup perspective of the functional art.  You will notice how the shiny bronze joints set themselves as quite a contrast to the gray steel near them.  Although this key holder may be considerably larger than my other key holders, I am quite pleased with this creation and I feel it is still quite comfortable to fit in any home or office.


Industrial Chic Steampunk Key Holder


Steampunk Key Holder From Reclaimed Machine Gears

After the recent sale of the key holder me and my family have used for the last few years, I felt the pressure to replace it.  I immediately thought of a steampunk theme.  It is the driving force force for me to acquire steel gears from surplus sources.


This industrial chic steampunk key holder pretty much came together as I imagined it.   I first arc welded the gears in what I thought was an interesting pattern.  Then cut a square steel bar I had handy then I hand formed my hooks.  I maintained an imperfect natural steel finish to add to the industrial chic charm.  This key holder could work in a number of decor settings.  It could perfectly fit in with a vintage country cottage or an ultramodern contemporary work space.  The possibilities are endless.



Metal Art Clocks


Abstract metal art clocks

If you have not aready noticed I am a big fan of abstract art and contemporary decor. So naturally, I have a strong fascination with abstract clocks. They are functional works of art and they ad class to any room or hallway. They come in almost any color and shape you can imagine. This is especially true with the advent of plasma and laser cutting technologies.

Tabletop clocks

abstract time One form of abstract metal clocks are table or desk clocks. An example would be this table clock listed on Etsy which is shown here in the photo. It is kind of a Memphis styled abstract assemblage of sorts.

Nail clock
As cool as table top clocks are, the wall clocks really are a class act. Some are truly unique like this clock made of cut nails!

Dare to have contemporary style

Abstract clock Want to make a bold statement? How about this colorfull abstract clock! It is 24 inches wide by 24 inches high. It features iridescent finishes and a quartz movement run by a AA battery.


Upcycled hubcap clocks

Hubcap clock Want to se discarded hubcaps put to good use? How about a hubcap clock!? Check out this 1958 Oldsmobile hubcap wall clock for yourgarage or shop!


Handmade Metal Candle Holders Make Great Gifts


A candle holder can come in many forms and be made of many materials. Most popular is metal. The best ones in my opinion are those hand made here not the ones that come from slave camps in China. they are tended to with great care and are built to last. Looking on etsy for instance, you can find a huge variety of candle holders.
There are various styles of candle holders that hold tea candles or huge candle 4 or 5 inches in diameter or more. They can be single candle stick holders, multi candle candlabra, or even candle chandaliers.The candle holders can be in any style from abstract, tradional, industrial chic or art deco like the sconce pictured here.


Want a nice heart themed tea light/votive candle holder for Valentines, Mothers day, or an anniversary? This is the gift for you. t is hand welded from sturdy steel and is airbrushed with water based acrylics and lacquers for a long lasting beauty. You may visit the listing for this candle holder in my Etsy shop.


There are candle holders made from forged steel scrolls and they are some of the most stunning pieces visually. Like the one below painted blue.


I see many candle holders with distressed paint finishes. That gives them a rustic almost folksy feel to them. Be sure to check out the listing for this