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Anna Tompkins

Valentine’s Day

According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, over 80 million tons of steel are recycled each year in North America. While the bulk of this metal is processed in scrap recycling facilities, some of the material has a more artistic fate. With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s the perfect time to look at some of the more romantic and creative ways that metal is being reused and recycled!


Photo Credit: Crysten Nesseth with Red Cedar Artists LLC

Crysten Nesseth uses recycled steel for these charming ornaments. The 11-gauge steel is sourced from a Wisconsin manufacturing plant and cut out with plasma CNC. These decorative trinkets are a fun departure from steel’s more industrious purposes.


Photo Credit: Kathy at Petticoat Junktion

Kathy at Petticoat Junktion favors upcycled junk projects. She saves up her scrap hardware for projects like these LOVE blocks. Kathy describes her hobbies as junking and creating, and judging by the looks of this project she has beautifully combined the two. The hardware looks to be mostly rusted brass. Another inventive role for scrap metal!

Photo Credit: Jared Zeuli

Jared Zeuli welded this rose sculpture from stainless steel scraps. He describes it as an “icon that something as industrial as steel can be used to create one of nature’s softest, most stunning symbols.” Zeuli’s transformation of scrap steel gives us yet another striking example of metal becoming art.

We can’t all be artists! If you have scrap that you don’t know what to do with, bring your scrap metal in for cash at our Baltimore yard.