Brass – a metal with a “Golda edge”
Brass has sometimes been called “poor man’s gold”. Brass was often used during history, commonly as gold-plated brass. After a time, the gold-plating would erode and the metal could then begin to show its original colour tone.
This effect gave rise to the Swedish phrase “in naked brass”. Brass has many beneficial properties. The golden colour of brass is desirable for ornaments, fittings, locks, door handles and a variety of wind instruments.
The surface can be polished to a high shine, which has made it extremely popular for use in visible details.
Brass is a non-magnetic stainless alloy usually of zinc and copper, but by adding other substances it can attain a variety of properties. The amount of zinc in the alloy determines the shade of the metal. Low zinc content makes it reddish, whereas a high zinc content yields a more yellowish lustre. You can use brass for turning, hot pressing, deep drawing and punching. The low melting point of brass makes it easy to reuse.