Brass is currently experiencing a resurgence as home decor. The popularity of the metal’s usage has resulted in applications as varied as curtain rods made out of polished brass tube, mirrors lined with flat strips of brass, ornamented doorknobs, and door handles. Even bathrooms can get their own brass makeovers, since plain grey handles, faucets, pipes, and mirror frames can be given a brilliant sheen.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
In metallurgy, brass pertains to the alloy of copper and zinc. In music, it refers to aerophones, or instruments that require the blowing of air to play. However, because many metallic musical instruments are made of the metal brass, brass instruments are often misconstrued as all being made of its namesake metal. Brass is used in many musical instruments, even outside the brass family, due to its unique properties. Compared to other metals, brass’s malleability makes it resistant to tension; and high-quality brass tube products are tough raw materials used in many other industrial and commercial applications.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Metals were originally pure elements. When early humans discovered that mixing metals through melting produced stronger, more durable, and corrosion-resistant materials, alloying became a practice. Two of the most commonly alloyed metals are copper and zinc, the combination of which produces brass. Brass is used extensively in various industries due to its desirable properties. It is malleable, low friction, and non-ferromagnetic. However, there are many types of brass available to various users, each type having unique levels of this metal’s properties.