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Five Unusual Uses for Scrap Metal

Posted on 09/03/2017

We've all heard the saying one man's trash is another man's treasure – and while that saying isn't always applicable, it certainly is in these cases!

Most people choose the easy and convenient way to make a little extra money from their scrap – by taking it to regulated scrap metal merchants – but the examples below show what happens when you get creative with scrap metal.






Scrap Metal Dinosaur


Image courtesy of Daily Mail/John Lopez

A dinosaur with a cowboy twist. When his auntie Effie died in a car accident, artist John Lopez was inspired to change his bronze sculpting profession and turn his hand to using scrap metal as art.

Composed of abandoned farm machinery and scrap iron from local farmers, the South Dakota sculptor has created full-size representations of animals including a buffalo, horses and a cowboy riding a triceratops.

Scrap metal supercars


Image courtesy of Europe Luxury Cars

If only you could drive them! Last year 50 artists from around the world were invited to a scrap yard in the small Polish town of Pruszkow to transform millions of pieces of scrap metal into replicas of luxurious supercars.

A Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Maserati Gran Turismo, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and, interestingly, a Fiat 500 were the choices, and they are all stunningly accurate. So much so, in fact, that all the models have the same dimensions and are proportionate to the original cars.

20ft scrap metal soldier


Image courtesy of Dorset Echo

Scrap metal can also be significant when it comes to reflection and remembrance, and there's no better example to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War then this recent piece.

Built by a Slovakian blacksmith and artist from used brake discs, horseshoes and spanners, the six-metre scrap metal soldier based near Sherborne is an innovative way to remember the millions who lost their lives around the world.



Image courtesy of Daily Nation

Ever fancied sleeping in a scrapped Jeep overnight? While it might not sound the most appealing at first, the hollow car shells have been converted to include beds for people who are staying overnight, so it's not that much different to a static caravan.

Other housings at the Kenyan Crayfish Camp include converted buses and a cottage which is made from a boat. Interestingly, once inside they aren't that much different from a traditional hotel room and are relatively cheap for a night's stay too.

Olympic Medals


It's not been confirmed, but it is an interesting concept put forward by Japan's Olympic committee – who are considering using electronic waste to make Olympic medals for Tokyo 2020 from discarded smartphones, tablets and computers. How does that work exactly?

Well, consumer electronics do contain small amounts of earth metals, including platinum, gold and silver, and with Japan lacking its own resources for gold and silver, this concept could become reality.

If you'd prefer to take the traditional approach with your scrap metal, and get some extra cash too, why not get a quote for your scrap metal from us by calling us on 0161 220 8058, or drop by our scrapyard on Wolverton Street in Manchester. 

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