Aluminum + Plastic Clearance!! Limited Time

We’re making room for some big mill deliveries! Help us clear out as much aluminum and plastic as you can fit in your shop, and you’ll get a great deal in savings!

HURRY! Deal Ends Sunday!

Aluminum On Sale

  • 25% OFF online Aluminum orders* $100 or more

 

 

 

plastic materials sale

  • 20% OFF online Plastic orders* $100 or more

 

  • 10% OFF any online Plastic order*

 

*Discount does not apply to shipping or cut-fees. Discount applies only to specified products in purchase. List price will apply to additional items in cart. Coupon Code must be used at check-out. Offer expires Sunday, October 26, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PDT.

EVENTS: Metal Jewelry Rings | Orlando, FL

If you’re in the Orlando area and interested in learning how to work with metal, check-out these classes from FDJTOOL.COM. There are many classes to choose from, including two upcoming sessions focused on ring making. One utilizing rivets and another utilizing soldering, so no matter your skill level there’s something anyone can try!

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WHAT: Class – Riveted Rings

WHEN: November 6, 2014, 5:30- 8:30 pm

WHY: Beginners — Learn how to work with metal and found objects using “cold” connections. No soldering required to learn how to texture, stamp, shape and form metal rings.

COST: $58.00 Register online & get more info here >>


 

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WHAT: Class – Stacked Rings: Soldering for Beginners

WHEN: November 13, 2014, 5:30- 8:30 pm

WHY: Beginners — Learn how to solder using round wire to make unique stacked rings. (Class is limited to 5 students!)

COST: $67.00 Register online & get more info here >>

DIY: Modern Work Bench

Who says a simple workbench can’t also be a stylish centerpiece?  In fact, if you follow this inspiring design from an OnlineMetals customer you may be tempted to find a home for this furniture piece in a more public space, rather than the shop!

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Built on a base of Hot Rolled Mild Steel A500, the workbench surface is constructed of laminated 2″ x 2″ wood boards. Although, the surface could also be made of an old door, or any reclaimed materials available.

By painting the steel in a modern designer tone, the clean lined frame instantly acquires an air of modern style! Choose any color that would contrast with your shop environment, rather than blending in, and voila…you’ve got a show piece!

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How to get this look:

MATERIALS: 1.5″ x .187″ Hot Rolled Mild Steel A500 Square Tubing (To figure out how much length to purchase, follow the steps below and add up the lengths of legs and supports needed for your design.)

  1. Measure the width, height and depth of the space you are looking to fill.
  2. Cut 4 legs to the height
  3. Cut 2 cross supports to the depth
  4. Cut 3 horizontal supports  to the width (2 for top, 1 for center strut)
  5. Cut 2 vertical supports at 25% of the leg height
  6. Cut 4 “diagonal” vertical supports to connect the shorter vertical supports to the legs
  7. Weld your right and left “sides” then weld/connect with horizontal supports
  8. Paint the frame
  9. Table top can be attached by drilling through top horizontal supports and directly into bottom of surface with wood screws
  10. Send us a picture of your final piece! We’d love to share.

Would you like to learn more about Mild Steel?  Check-out the OnlineMetals Guide to Steel here >>

Prime Mill Materials at 25% Off?

Yup!!! For 3 Days only, stock-up on top-quality, certified materials! 

At OnlineMetals you’ll also get FREE Mill Test Reports and Certifications every day. Saving you even more with each order!

  • 25% off online *orders $100 or more
  • Or, 15% off ANY online *order!
  • Use Coupon Code: DCK4B
  • Offer expires Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm PDT

*Discount does not apply to shipping or cut-fees.

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DIY: Copper Leaf Fall Wreath

Copper is a natural choice for creating an object that reflects the warm hues and changing landscape of autumn.  We’ve found a collection of copper wreaths to inspire your creativity, with a simple DIY project plan to add a new look to any space this season.

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Copper Wreath Example: thecraftysister.com blog

The basics of constructing the frame, hanger and leaves is the same, no matter which type of leaf you decide to make. Also, thanks to the small pieces of materials involved, this is a great project for making use of leftovers, scraps and odd snips of copper you may have laying about!

BASIC CONSTRUCTION:

  1. FRAME & HANGER: Copper Tube - any thin tube will do, including Copper Tube 101 .125″ OD, which starts at just $0.94 for a 12″ piece! You can decide what size wreath you would like.  A suggested size is 15″ tall by 13″ wide.  (TIP: You can use a string to figure out how much framing tube you need.)
  2.  MAKE THE FRAME: First string a hanging wire through your tube and leave enough on the ends to twist the wire into a closed loop hook. Bend the frame into a circle and twist your threaded wire ends into a hanging loop. Next, flatten the copper tube/wire with a hammer and anvil to create a flat surface on which to attach your leaves.
  3. CUT THE LEAVES: Make a sample of the leaf or various shapes of leaves, you want out of paper, and trace the image onto your copper sheet. Using thin copper sheet or foil is best, so that you can cut the material with hand snips or heavy-duty scissors.  Copper Sheet 110 H02 (Half-hard) is the least expensive, and available as thin as .02″, starting at just $17.01 for a 12″ x 12″ sheet. (We also have Copper Sheet Metal Sample Packs available for $9.46, with sheets of various thickness.) 
  4. BURNISH THE LEAVES: To add texture to your wreath, apply a light flame to the front side of your leaves and you’ll see them change to glowing reds, browns and blues. Go lightly so as not to blacken the surface!
  5. ATTACH THE LEAVES: If you’re a whiz at soldering, the leaves can be soldered onto the flat, front facing of your tube.  Alternatively, you can actually hot glue the leaves onto the flat surface …the advantage to bending your frame with the flat side facing “up” and not “out.” Layer the leaves in random directions so that it doesn’t look like a row of leaves. Think, “falling on the ground in organic patters.” You can also add layers of glue between leaves to achieve a stacked effect, and the sturdy pipe will support them!

That’s it!  Wait for your glue to dry, then hang and enjoy until Christmas. You could also add ribbons or lights to make it more festive for the holidays!

Get inspired by other types of leaves, like Oregon "copper" salal!

Get inspired by other types of leaves, like Oregon “copper” salal!

If you need to grab a soldering kit while getting your copper sheet or copper tube, check-out the OnlineMetals tools selection!  We’ve got a nice, multi-functional soldering kit, found in our Jewelry Making Supplies >>

Copper Aspen Leaf wreath inspires even more shapes!

Copper Aspen Leaf wreath inspires even more shapes!

 

EVENTS: Welding 101

Looking to get yourself into hot metals? (It’s better than hot water, and may even keep you out of that!) Check-out the Welding 101 Course at All Metals in Seattle.

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This course is offered on Thursday evenings for 2 hours.  The next scheduled class happens on Thursday, October 8th. The shop is located in the south Seattle industrial area at 7800, 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98101.

Additional courses include shop skills, TIG, MIG, sculpture and more!

For more information and a complete class schedule, check out the All Metals website.

 

PRO TIP: Living with Industrial Design

Using materials that are typically employed in industrial applications as part of home or office decor can give a space a stylish, creative and enduring look. The trick is to make sure the pieces don’t look like an awkward salvage find that should really be in the garage.

We see a number of fantastic designs from customers that are industrial designers and  know how to create this balance. We caught-on to the pieces of this hot designer through our recent request for Ratings and Reviews. Intrigued by the description of the use of Aluminum Perforated Sheet we had to know what the final product came to!

Industrial-Chic-End-Table-DesignHere you’ll see that the designer painted the Aluminum Perforated Sheet in natural tones, retaining the symmetrical industrial pattern while adding a designer element to the structure that softens the effect of the metal in the furniture panel.

Many times the fact that metal can be painted or finished just like wood for various effects goes overlooked in the design process. Brushing or etching sheets can also create movement and visually soften surfaces.

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In other designs this maker has also incorporated transparent red acrylic sheet and inexpensive LED lighting to create additional dimension and luminosity inside the furniture itself.

Of course someone snapped up the piece before we could get a picture! But, we’re hoping Jesse will design some more so we can share that too!

2-Day Sale! Up-to 25% Off!!

online-metals-promo-codeStart the week right and end the month with savings. Hurry, two days only, save 25% off any online purchase of $100 or more!

Use Coupon Code: DCJ4G at check-out.

  • 25% off online purchase* $100 or more.
  • 15% off any online purchase.*
  • Coupon Code: DCJ4G
  • Offer expires Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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*Discount does not apply to shipping or cut-fees.

EVENTS: Maker Faire Atlanta

This community event launches next weekend and is free to attend! Thanks to an army of volunteers, the community of Decatur and anyone who can get there are able to enjoy the spectacle of machines, crafters, musicians and more at no cost.

Images from Maker Farie Atlanta 2013 @ makerfaireatl.com

Images from Maker Farie Atlanta 2013 @ makerfaireatl.com

WHEN: Maker Faire Atlanta 2014 will be taking place over the weekend of October 4 and 5. On Saturday, October 4, the Faire will be open from 10am to 5pm. On Sunday October 5, we will be open from 12pm to 5pm.

PRICE: FREE. However, tickets are required to manage attendanceCheck the website to get yours today. 

WHERE: Downtown Decatur | GPS Address and parking: 125 W Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030

WHAT: Touted as “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth” Maker Faires attract the most talented designers, builders and fabricators in a wide variety of fields. You’ll see exhibits of 3D Printing (of course!), robotics, biotech and DIY Projects of course. But there is also displays of sewing, wearbles, fin arts and food! Anything that can be made will be!