Why is brass used in making
A jewelry industry standard for
over a century, brass is the material of choice for decorative stampings and
Being a copper alloy, brass is easy to solder (think copper pipes in household
plumbing). The copper content, usually 70 percent or more, depending upon the
quality of the brass, also allows for superb electroplating quality. In its raw
state, brass colors range from a warm golden yellow to deep coppery tones which
can be polished into a rich luster.
Brass is inexpensive and carries a consistent quality. It can be tempered to the
correct softness for stamping delicate filigrees as well as boldly struck
designs found in charms and other decorative jewelry stampings. At the same
time, it is malleable and resists breaking when it is bent and formed in
manufacturing processes. It takes to annealing, which allows for further
manipulations without breakage. Brass is a durable non-ferrous metal that does
not rust, so it can be held for long periods of time without degrading. It will
tarnish over time, but tarnish is an easily remedied condition.
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