Brass is back in a big way, bold bright and beautiful!
Brass is the generic term for a range of copper-zinc alloys with differing combinations of properties, including strength, machinability, ductility, wear-resistance, hardness, colour, antimicrobial, electrical and thermal conductivity, and corrosion-resistance.
Brasses have a range of attractive colours ranging from red to yellow to gold to silver. With the addition of 1% manganese, brass will weather to a chocolate brown colour. Nickel silvers will polish to a brilliant silver colour. Brasses are easy to shape, and with all these colours available it is not surprising that architects and designers have used brasses to enhance the appearance of new and refurbished buildings, both inside and out.
The brass industry throughout the world is well organised and equipped to recycle products at the end of their long lives and process scrap (swarf and offcuts). Making brass from new copper and zinc would be uneconomical and wasteful of raw materials so, since new brass articles are made from recycled scrap, brass is said to be sustainable. In the UK brass manufacturers use almost 100% brass scrap.
|To die for! H. Theophile’s elegant Hand-Peened brass doorknobs and drawer pulls were influenced by antique designs.|
|The Jackson wood holder, a midcentury design by Wm. H. Jackson Co., exudes postwar glamour in brass and black-painted steel. Photo Geoffrey Sokol. Source Elle Decor|
|Handcrafted in brass and inset with malachite, Ceylon et Cie’s wine-bottle holder has the appeal of fine jewelry. Source Elle Decor|
|Brass bath fixtures by Rohl|
|Visual Comfort Gold Ring Sconce, Horchow|
Source, Elle Decor
|Brass bookends ~ Etsy|
|Brass Bath from Claw Foot Tubs.|
|Orion Vintage Mirror from Inside Avenue|
|Brass pendant from Urban Outfitters|
|French Tea Cart from 1st Dibbs|
I am dying to include some of these items in my next project, I will be sure to share them with you.
[Excerpt taken from ~ An Intoduction to Brass ~ copperinfo.co.uk]