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Though it can be a bit pricey, brass is a joy to work with, and has very much to recommend it as a building material. Brass is easy to cut, bend, stamp, machine, etch, and solder. At the finishing stage, it can be polished, plated, patinized, painted, or left plain. Outside of extreme conditions (strong acids, strong bases, hard vacuum), brass is weatherproof, and can be safely used indoors or out. Shown here, a gorgeous custom-etched brass plugboard panel on a homemade analog synth.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


  1. Love that brass enclosure.

  2. I’ve done a couple of enclosures I’m proud of. First was my wooden logic probe (http://www.galacticstudios.org/wooden-super-probe/) and second was my Windows PC inside a miniature case resembling and Altair 8800 (http://www.galacticstudios.org/mini-altair-8800-pc/)

  3. Nice! We just made an enclosure from a drum module enclosure out of an NES Advantage controller…. http://weareaudiobody.com/this-is-not-what-you-think-it-is

  4. John says:

    My project for MakerFaire Bay Area 2008
    An analog synth in an Altoids tin

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