Thursday, February 25, 2016
Fabricating Bronze Bars: Functionality, Beauty, and Artistic Design
A favorite of sculptors, bronze plays a role in many types of metal fabrication. Artisans have begun using this metal to create attractive accents on many custom-designed products. A Historic Alloy By adding the shiny orange metal copper to grayish-white tin, early metal workers discovered a way to produce the alloy bronze. It possesses greater strength and hardness than either copper or tin alone. Bronze sheet metal and bars had begun taking over the world of metals, so much so that it named an entire era. For well over 5,000 years, artifacts and statuary in gardens and homes around the world have reflected the distinctive beauty of bronze. Naturally shiny, bronze played a prominent role in the creation of masterpieces, such as the Statue of Liberty and Rodin's The Thinker.