Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bronze: The Alloy that Has a Thousand Uses

First discovered during the period between 4000 and 3000 BCE, bronze has been used for a wide variety of purposes ranging from weaponry to art. Nowadays, with better materials around, one might assume that bronze would have already lost its usefulness. However, the alloy of tin and copper can still be found in many of the products available in the market. Here are some examples:

  • Pipes. Bronze can be molded into piping and tubes for home and industrial use. Stronger and harder than either copper or tin, it has strong acid and corrosion resistance, making it last for a long time. This attribute makes it perfect for industrial use.
  • Tools. Bronze tools don't spark against other metals. This makes them useful when working around inflammable substances and for delicate work.
  • Outdoor Fixtures. A lot of door frames and mailboxes are made of bronze. This is because bronze is especially durable against the elements. You only need to do some minor maintenance so that they wouldn't develop an unsightly green patina; regular polishing will keep your bronze items clean.

  • Bronze Decor. Brass sculptures and furnishings are quite popular. The yellow shine of bronze is similar to gold and though it may not be as expensive, the stunning effect is still the same.

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