CRX Magnetic Brass Art - 2016 4th BLF Scratch Made Light Contest Winner

CRXs Magnetic Brass Art Kit

Winner of the BLF/ Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest 2016.

And also the

Peoples Choice Award 2016.



My build will consist of numerous parts made with the use of small hand tools only except where absolutely necessary I will use a small rotary tool.

It is going to be a small compact kit where each part compliments the other.

Each part will be in it's own section as linked below.

Not all parts will be flashlight associated but you'll see how they come together as the building continues - stay tuned...


Part One - Brass Petrol Trench Lighter


Part Two - Brass Mini Lantern


Part Three - Brass Pocket Bellows & Ferrocerium Rod


Part Four - Brass Battery Charger/ UV Light


Part Five - Brass Dual Rechargeable Flashlight


Part Six - Brass Sliding Double Pill Container


Part Seven - Brass Utility Knife/ Repair Kit


Part Eight - Brass Carry Case


Part Nine - Flint Striker/ Ceramic Blade Sharpener


Part Ten - Magnesium Ribbon Container


The Individual Pieces

Total Time - 88 Hours

Total Parts Approx - 214

Total Weight - 320g

Dimensions - 84mm x 74mm x 22mm

- stevi -

Part One - Magnetic Brass Trench Lighter

This mini brass trench lighter is held together by strong neodymium magnets and friction.
Powered by refined lighter fluid or almost any combustible liquid in a pinch.
Made from 15/32” (11.9mm), 7/16” (11.1mm), and 13/32 (10.31mm) brass tubing and 0.5mm brass sheet.

Height - 40mm
Depth - 12mm
Weight - 20 grams
Parts - 21
Time - 10 Hours

Part two coming up…

Thanks for looking.

Part Two - Mini Brass Magnetic Lantern

This mini brass lantern is twist switch operated, held together by the use of strong neodymium magnets and friction.
Powered by a 10180 cell it will operate for more than 70 hours continuous use.
Made from 15/32” (11.9mm) and 7/16” (11.1mm) brass tubing and 0.5mm brass sheet.

After experimenting with various resistors I found the best light output/ runtime for me to be achieved with a 1000 Ohm SMD resistor soldered in line with the positive line of the LED’s.

Height - 40mm
Depth - 12mm
Weight - 16 grams
Parts - 26
Time - 12 Hours

Part three coming up…

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Part Three - Brass Pocket Bellows & Ferrocerium Rod

If you haven’t guessed yet, this is a small camping/ outdoor kit.

In this part I have made an extendable fire straw or pocket bellows (used for blowing on embers made with a ferrocerium rods sparks to get a fire going, it’s a very useful piece to have in your kit)
Powered by, however much puff you have left in you :wink:
Made from 15/32” (11.9mm), 7/16” (11.1mm), 13/32 (10.31mm), 3/8” (9.52mm), 11/32” (8.73mm), 5/16” (7.94mm), 9/32” (7.14mm) and 1/4” (6.35mm) brass tubing plus a 75mm x 6mm ferrocerium rod.

Length – 80mm - 285mm
Depth – 12mm
Weight – 44 grams
Parts - 28
Time - 8 Hours

Part four coming up…

Thanks for looking.

For Lease

You’re making a brass blowgun / flashlight that shoots nuts and bolts if you blow hard enough? :blush:

You got it :stuck_out_tongue:

How much?, i might need it :laughing:

Someone here has an idea what there doing? That’ll be the day. :person_facepalming: :slight_smile:

Good luck, I have no idea what to do this year… No different from the last few times really…

Thats the spirit FMC.

Gatling flashlight style each sourced with fet driver and one 18650 cell?

We’ll see :slight_smile:

Hmmm, sounding interesting already.

:smiley: Brass makes me smile.

Definitely a winner here! This is going to blow some socks off!! :beer:

Looks very interesting and possibly very tiny. Thanks for being in the contest this year.

Just WOW. That is the hottest light I’ve seen here for awhile. Its smokin. :+1:

I just sat here for 5 mins with my mouth open….

10 hours? - can I borrow a little of your spare time please?


Oh my, I wish there was a gofundmyimagination site where others could borrow some of that stuff.

Brass is good. Great pictures too.

Need some sort of -fire name for it.