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!

Industrial Chic Metal Art


Art from Junk

The most thrifty form of art to make is art from junk. I like to collect various bits of scrap iron and steel and figure out how to incorporate it into my art work. Many times, I will have something several months or even longer than a year and still have not a clue what to do with it. I start a composition and then it hits me all the sudden. I see something missing from the work I am performing and I remember the right bit of metal. I search my stock until I procure the magic item. The piece is welded on in its special place and the sculpture “comes together” for me.
Take the junk art assemblage pictured on the right. The parts come from a paper shredder, garage door opener, and other unidentifiable metal items. It is also dimensional and stands nearly an inch off the wall so it may cast some interesting shadows depending on the light angle. This sculpture along with many others is available in my Etsy shop.

Development of Sculpture

Angular StanceAs I stated above, many times I begin work on something and it takes a life of its own. I usually only start with a couple pieces of scrap intially. After those are welded together the idea grows into maturity. Later, a completed composition results. Take the table top sculpture featured in the photo here. I originally was just thinking of the 2 steel balls and the 3/8 round steel leftovers. Then I remembered that I had the heavy duty perforated steel. I proceeded to cut the perforated steel into a triangle and it seemed to make the rest of the work pop.


Parts and scrap convey a message

SamsonWith the abstract industrial metal art, it is more about the mood or feel created by random assemblages of old machine parts and hardware. When simular parts are assembled in a human or robotic form, they convey a different message. A message that is much harder to ignore. With a charactor like Samson here, you will give more than just a passing glance.


Where Industrial meets Steampunk

Industrial Steampunk sculptureThis is a table top sculpture is made from cuttoff scraps and old steel gears. It was kept in its original finish and clear coated to enhance the industrial look, The gears not only contribute to the brutish industrial look, but they also add a Victorian steampunk element of style.
Please visit this item in my Etsy shop for more information.


Art from Contemplation

ContemplationThis imposing decor item started its life as a cuttoff from some 6 inch diameter square steel tubing. I added some accents and built up an abstract concept of someone in deep thought. Many times I sit and reflect on the possibilities of composition with the parts, materials, and tools I have. To find out more about this truly unique item you can check out the listing for this item in  my Etsy shop.