I found Christine Marie Davis' blog a year ago or so, and thought her work was really great. She hammers things flat and makes jewelry from them. Metal buttons, knitting needles, stuff like that. Metal shine, lots of texture. It's really nice stuff.
I had a few buttons around and wanted to see what they would look like smashed. I thought it might be a good idea to put my kid on it. He likes this task a lot. I need to take a picture of the finished products, but suffice to say that I'll be looking for more metal buttons on Ebay.