Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bronze Feels Like Gold

Gold may usually signify the pinnacle of achievement, but bronze has properties that make them stand out on their own. If physical properties were the basis, bronze prevails among other metals used for everyday applications, such as making sturdy bronze bars.


Gold is too soft to stand alone and must form an alloy with other, stronger metals for durability. The same can be said for copper, which results in bronze, but it's more abundant. Bronze is often fused with other metals to make alloys. The variants include bronze with manganese, nickel silver, tin, and phosphor. They are also resistant to rust and corrosion, which makes them perfect for bearings and gears that often make contact with steel.


Any objects made of bronze carry that distinctive metallic-brown colour as a result of reprocessing from copper stock. They also develop a unique patina because of exposure to moisture.

Second Use

Bronze is often easy to machine and is also suitable for recycling. The aftermath of past wars enabled the conversion of cannons into more practical items. Since only the physical form of copper and copper alloys change and not the chemical structure, remade bronze sheet metal still possesses the same properties as scrap copper. 

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