...unless a 4 litre icecream container full of toothpaste caps is useful for steampunk...
Decorative studs, the tip of a raygun, or small knobs for some gizmo, with a little paint and some imagination, no peice is safe from becoming part of a project.
Hmm, perhaps we can start up an Iron Chef spin-off (Brass Chef? Wrought Iron Chef?)
The secret ingredient is... toothpaste caps!