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How To: Mimic the look of antique brass

You can easily copy the aged look on old brass jewelry and hardware. Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, oxides naturally. But you can encourage the process to go faster by using vinegar and salt water, or a rag soaked in ammonia. Use these techniques to mimic an antique patina.

How To: Frame things cheaply by soldering picture frames

This video will teach you how to frame anything two-dimensional using inexpensive materials and a soldering iron. The technique used is called tinning, using beveled glass, copper foil, solder, and flux. Tinning is great for framing dried flowers and leaves and only takes about ten minutes to finish your professional looking frame.

How To: Make a chainmail cube

Watch this instructional metalsmithing video to make a chainmail cube. This is a simple pattern that takes a long time to complete, but creates an impressive design that differs from jewelry and armor chainmail projects. This metalwork cube is satisfying to hold in ones hand.

How To: Craft a "Harry Potter" style wand that lights up

With the first installment of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" out, don't be surprised if you find yourself more than ever wanting to whip out a twelve inch phoenix feather wand and wrist twirl your way to defeating your own personal Voldemort. While this video won't teach you how to do magic (so sad), it will teach you how to craft a very cool-looking "Harry Potter" wand that can do the "lumos" spell.

How To: Weave chainmail with a fork

It is possible to weave chainmail with a plastic fork. This instructional metalsmithing video will show you how it's done. This chainmailing technique does work better with a metal fork, though. You still need a pair if needle nose pliers to close the rings and work at a reasonable pace. Do you think it is possible to weave chainmail with a fork an knife? Now that would be truly decadent.

News: Artist Burns Chairs into Decorative, Fragile Steel Ring Seats with Fire

For his thesis at Design Academy Eindhoven, artist/designer Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen created this incredible chair using tubular steel cut into thin rings. How did he get them to stay that way? He burned them. His project is called Engineering Temporality, and the inspiration came from his grandmother whose Alzheimer's disease is deteriorating her health and memories. Once he cut the rings, he laid them over an existing chair, only partially covering it. The fire acted as a varnish, creati...

How To: Blacksmith a mortise and tennon steel joint

Watch this blacksmithing video to forge a tennon and complete a mortise and tennon traditional joint in steel. The mortise and tenon joint is basic socket joint used for pick axes and other heavy duty tools. Follow these clear instructions to begin the craft of metalsmithing and forge a useful tool.

How To: Make European 4 in 1 chainmail

Watch this short 3d animation of rings forming into a chainmail pattern to learn how this chainmail pattern holds together. This four in one metalsmithing pattern seems complex at first, but after thinking it through once or twice, the linking pattern should come quite naturally.

How To: Use machine shop tools to build prototypes with MIT

This ten-part series on machining skills for prototype development comes straight from MIT & Erik Vaaler. It's one of the most extensive video tutorials available on the web for machining. MIT's artificial intelligence laboratory's primary work is done for their robotics group. And most of their equipment is unavailable to the public because they're machines that MIT have built directly in their machine shop, or items that came into the shop needing repair. But if you can get your hands on so...

How To: Make a shopping cart chair with MAKE magazine

Kick back with John Park as he demonstrates how to upcycle a no-longer-usable shopping cart into an easy chair. This Make: magazine-based project offers an introductory look at how to cut, bend, and shape metal using metal cutters, saws, vice grips, and other tools common to home workshops. John also attempts a “deluxe” version of this project that employs motors and switches to transform it into a “go-kart chair.” View the clip to see his mixed results, and download the PDF.

How To: Chainmail a spiral pattern

This instructional metalsmithing video demonstrates how to knit the spiraling chainmail pattern. This spiral pattern is useful for some chain link bracelets and necklace forms. Don't forget to use a quality set of pliers to save your hands some trying metal bending work.

How To: Blacksmith air hammer techniques

Watch this blacksmithing video to practice air hammer techniques on a 75 lb small air hammer. You can use this technique for many types of free form metal forging. Follow these clear instructions to begin the craft of metalsmithing and forge a useful tool.

How To: Make chainmail armor at home

Chainmail is quite difficult to make, but with this two part tutorial, you will soon be on your way. In these videos, learn how to make a piece of classic chainmail armor at home. Make smaller pieces to use as jewelry or decoration or make a whole suit for a cool knight costume.

How To: Make chain mail

This how-to video shows the steps for making chain mail, just like the authentic armor of the Medieval period. Making chain mail is fairly simple, requiring only a couple supplies. You will need a rod, wire cutters, two pairs of pliers, a variable speed drill, and a spool of un-galvanized fencing wire. Watch this video metalwork tutorial series and learn how to make chain mail.

How To: Run a bead in beginning MIG welding

Curious about the basics of metal inert gas welding? Watch this instructional welding video for some vital safety tips. A shielding gas tank contains 3,000 psi of pressure, so keep your welding equipment safe distance from your high pressure tanks. To run a bead, you need to set your wire feed speed and your voltage in order to begin welding with an average angle iron. This video provides all of the preliminary steps to running a short bead.

How To: Arc weld

This video welding tutorial shows two arc or stick welding machines and explains how to connect the leads and hook it up ready for welding. Those interested in welding for metalwork will learn the proper machinery and equipment needed for welding and how to use the equipment correctly. Watch this instructional video and start welding.

How To: Make chainmail

This instructional metalsmithing video demonstrates the basics of making chainmail. Making traditional chainmail is a long and involved process. First, you must spin the wire into a spool. Then you have to cut the coil into individual rings. Embark on the long process of closing and linking the metal rings.

How To: Get started with MIG welding

Ever needed to know the the basics of metal inert gas welding? This beginner's guide displays the necessary safety gear, such as the all-important welding mask and deer skin gloves. You'll also learn of some basic equipment options for gas cylinders, welding wires, feeders, and the essential parts of a welding gun. Follow these safety guidelines before getting started with MIG welding.

How To: Mig weld using the push technique

This MIG Welding Video shows the demonstration of a push welding technique that is use when mig welding. When mig welding you can either push or pull the welding torch. The push technique is the most common. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to weld using the push technique.