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Brass Hacking 101
Brass is a wonderfully expressive metal that lends itself to Steampunk particularly well. With a recent run-up in prices, however, affordable brass, bronze, and other copper alloys are harder to find these days.
In this space I'll post links to free downloadable tutorials about where to look for brass and how you can modify it to fit various Steampunk projects.
I'll suggest some ways in which you can re-purpose a variety of metal objects from musical instruments to farm equipment and a variety of plumbing, lighting fixtures and other hardware.
These tutorials will also point you to some unusual places you may not have considered to search for less expensive brass, both online and elsewhere.
Finally, we'll discuss how to alter some pieces to disguise their origins using both everyday tools and some that are a little less common but which have become easier to access these days with the proliferation of maker-spaces.