When you think of sheet metal forming, you probably think of car parts, bike frames, or construction materials. And it’s true–metal shaping techniques like hydroforming are used across a lot of industries. But you can also use simple fabricating equipment at home to make a variety of crafts, props, and other fun stuff. Here are just a few DIY things you can make with metal forming equipment.
Sheet metal can be cut into various shapes and then used to decorate your yard or brighten up your walls. These fun metal flowers, for example, were cut out of sheet metal and then painted. You can also easily make Christmas or Halloween lawn ornaments!
Sheet metal can be cut and formed over a fence or set of cabinets to add a little shine to an otherwise dull area. This tutorial offers great, easy-to-follow instructions on how to perform this unique metal makeover.
Metal sheets can be cut and treated to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind tabletops and countertops. This copper table top, for example, has a lovely green-blue patina that will only get more dynamic and interesting with age.
Metal fabricating equipment can be used to cut metal into small strips, which can then be molded into bracelets, necklaces, and other accessories. This copper cuff is one amazing example of what you can do with at-home metal forming tools.
If you’re a die-hard Avengers fan, you could make Captain America’s shield out of a steel sled. If you prefer DC to Marvel, you could make Batman’s metal batarangs or Wonder Woman’s tiara. The sky’s the limit!
A rustic, hand-formed hinge and/or door pull adds authentic vintage charm to barn doors, garage doors, and old houses. These hand hammered door pulls, for instance, are a great example of what you can do with metal fabricating equipment.
If we’ve sparked your creativity, and you’d like to purchase or rent metal forming machinery in Apex, NC, call Active Machinery. With over 35 years in the fabrication, cutting, and metal folding industries, we have exactly what you need to get the job done—and the expertise to show you how to do it. Give us a call today!