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.




Industrial Assemblage For Your Tabletop or Bookshelf

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Metal Art With Textured Finish

I just completed this tabletop sculpture from miscellaneous scraps of steel I had lying around.  This is an industrial steampunk  sculpture made from a plate from a discarded garage door opener, a piece of square tubing,  hexagonal rod, and a remnant piece of channel from another project.  This was all arc welded together to form a handsome and bold sculpture.

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Arc Welded Industrial Assemblag

This first photo on the left is a closeup of the body of the sculpture.  The square tube is offset to the left to alloy the circular hole to be viewed unabstructed.  A hex bar scrap that was bent was added as an angular accent to bring balance to the composition.  On the right photo you can see the hex bar staff extending several inches above the plate.  This brings the total work to a height of 19 inches.  The sculpture is 6 inches wide at the widest point.  The piece of channel that is the base is approximately 3 inches by 4 inches.  For this sculpture and more, be sure to check out my Etsy shop!

Steel Shelf for Storage

IMAG1958   Handmade Steel Shelf I am constantly looking for ways to organize my materials and tools.  While recently  going through my closet, I noticed that I had 35 pounds of stick welding electrodes.  Some of them are stainless steel specialty electrodes and are quite expensive.  So I wanted to create a storage solution that would keep them dry and easily accessed. I did not want to invest in more steel so I needed to work with I had on hand.  My goal is to work with materials that I would otherwise not have used in my art.  At least not in the near future.



I made two shelves from some expanded sheet and 3/4″ square tubing.  These shelves are 6 inches deep and 15 inches long.  I then used two 3/8″ square bars nine inches in  length.  I needed some braces in front for strength and support.  They were made from 1/8″ strips that were 1 inch wide.  The completed shelf is shown in the photo below.



The mounting plate is hot rolled steel tread plate 2 1/2″ wide and 18 inches long and 1/8″ thick. The tread plate adds a distinctive industrial look to the shelf unit.  Four 5/16″ holes were drilled into the mounting plate and it was welded to the main shelf unit.  The mounting of the shelf was the most interesting part.  I went to the nearest Home Despot and found these EZ anchors.  They are sturdy metal spirals that you drive into your drywall with only a number 2 phillips screwdriver.  No drilling required.  I chose to mount on studs. The easy anchors even go into these with a little more force.  They come with screws that you mount your item with by screwing them into the anchors.  Each fixture is capable of supporting 50 pounds.




Here is the support shelf fully loaded with 35 pounds of welding electrodes.  I am quite pleased with the whole ordeal.   I chose not to paint or clear coat the metal to just keep its rough, industrial image intact.  I make metal art that I display on my Etsy shop.  Stop by and have a look.

Metal Sculpture with Nuts and Bolts


Unwanted, discarded nuts and bolts turned into presentable art


In this blog I will discuss and show a unique form of recycled art. This is sculpture made of nuts, bolts, washers, and other such hardware.
These sculptures can usually be found in handmade sites like Etsy. These sculptures are the purest examples of upcycling.

How about a wind surfer made from nuts, bolts, and scrap

Nuts and bolts wind surfer This is a unique one of a kind hand made nuts and bolts sculpture made for a shelf or office desk. This wind surfer combines the effect of reusing and upcycling scrap material and whimsicle charm.  

Nuts and bolts candle holder

Boltman candle holder Here is a sculpture made of bolts, nuts and washers and two bobeches to hold candles. I have sold one before that was a metallic orange. This time I pulled all the stops and painted it a very bright pearl lime green. This work of art is available for sale at this listing in my Etsy shop.

If you wish to see other robot sculptures, check out my Robot Art lens.


A really cool chess set

Nuts and bolts chess set I stumbled across this novel chess set made from nuts, bolts, and various hardware. To add to the uniqueness of this custom made set, the artist features the 3 inch pieces on a frosted glass board. To view the listing click on this link.

Nuts and bolts jewelry

Wire wrapped nut earings Yes there are even artist out there making novel and unique jewerly from bits of hardware. Some of these can be quite sophisticated. You can visit the listing here or click on the photo for these earings for purchasing options.

Other Nuts and Bolts resources

Bolt People
Artist Steve Apple shows his incredible talent creating amusing characters for every occassion.
Amazing Sculptures made of nuts and bolts
As the name implies, truly amazing sculptures made of discarded hardware.
Nuts and Bolts Figures
There is no limit for the contemporary German metal sculptor Gunter Sholz and his ‘Art Family’.

His whimsical nuts and bolts caricatures of people at work and play are recognised by the signature glasses they all wear. His sculptures are each handcrafted from steel and copper that is bent, cut, welded and brushed to capture the desired effect. There are no aspects of life that are untouched by his interpretations – Work, Sports, Music, Fun, Love, Office, Wheels Wings or just General Life – All provide inspiration for the artist