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Brass is one of the oldest metal alloys in existence. An alloy of copper and zinc, this metal is prized for its many valuable properties, which suited a great deal of applications even in prehistory. Development of brass, however, only took place until the post medieval period because it’s only during then when metallurgists realized...
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Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if we didn’t discover metals? Well, for starters, it would be a dark and bleak place because there would be no power plants to supply electricity to cities and communities. There would be no buildings taller than a few stories or with intricate architecture, and...
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Copper may not be as popular as gold and silver but it’s certainly far superior to them and to most other metals in terms of applications. For millennia, this metal has been utilized to support a vast range of man’s daily activities from hunting and cooking to manufacturing and transportation. There are only a handful...
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With so many different kinds of metals available commercially, it is easy to get confused between multiple choices, especially if the variations are very subtle. Metals of the same basic element are even more difficult to classify because they often share qualities.
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Have you ever wondered why the handful of metals you are familiar with are in fact the rarest ones? Gold, silver, bronze, even platinum aren’t particularly the most common of metals. Unlike steel and iron, you don’t see a lot of them inside your home, in the streets outside, or in the workplace. They are...
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Despite its superb corrosion resistance, brass tarnishes considerably fast. It can lose its original luster within hours after being exposed to moisture, or even just to air. Thankfully, the tarnish on brass can be removed just as fast with proper polishing. But before we teach you how to bring your brass items back to its...
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When copper was discovered around 9000 years ago, no one thought it would come to be the most investigated metal on the planet. Almost immediately, it was held in high esteem alongside precious metals like gold and silver. There are a number of reasons why it didn’t take long before copper became a staple material...
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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, every American born in 2008 will use about 1,309 pounds of copper throughout their lifetime for necessities, lifestyles, and health. Despite the many uses of copper and its obviously critical role in everyday life, very few can be bothered to learn a thing or two about copper. Chances are...
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If you look around you, you’ll see that most of the things that comprise the modern world are made of any or a combination of three basic materials—plastic, concrete, and metal—of which metal is the oldest. It’s been around for over 10,000 years and still surprises us with its flexibility and inimitability. Even now when...
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