Perhaps you are thinking about playing on some DIY metal work, but you are not sure where to start, maybe you do not even know the difference between brass and copper. If you do not know what all the tools are for, how can you make yourself do some DIY? Before you can do anything, you need to learn about the basics first. Do you know that there are countless kinds of metal? Mercury is one; it is considered a metal but it is also a liquid at room temperature.
Mostly all metals occur in sheet form. You can find metal sheets of bronze, copper, brass, steel, aluminium and so much more. In fact, if you are thinking of going into jewellery making, you will find out that there are sheets of leaves and gold and you can use. Compared to other metals, they appear smaller, but they will do,
These steel sheets can be used for different kinds of manufacturing. There are many manufacturers of car bodies and machine parts and enclosures, that make use of metal sheets for fabrication. Roofing is also a good application of copper sheets, as well as for decorative purposes. You can also choose to use brass because it looks a little like gold especially when it has been lacquered and polished. Sometimes it is used for plaques and different kinds of signs, especially if you are going for a fancy look. Aluminium is known to be light and stiff. In sheet form, it is widely used for roofing, aircraft bodies, cars and so much more. If you are thinking of going on a DIY metal work project, the following information will be helpful to you:
â¢ In welding: You should know that it is quite easy to weld steel while aluminium is quite tough. However, if you are more experienced and if you have the right equipment to use, you will find out that it will be easy to work through copper, brass, bronze and tin. If it is still impossible, you can choose to solder the metals together, instead.
â¢ In cutting: All these metals could be cut, but to be able to cut them efficiently, you will need to use the right method. Some of these metals could be sheared or cut using an angle grinder, while some of the metals are better sheared or subjected to something called a band-saw. You will have to be a little careful though; since these metals are softer, they can easily clog a grinding disc and may cause a very dangerous backlash.
â¢ In casting: These metals have very high melting points, but they are not really double outside the industrial setup. You can work bronze, tin, brass and copper on a hobby cast.
â¢ In finishing: True, cast iron can rust more easily, but steel is also quite prone to rusting. Some of the metals oxidize easily, some go through it rather slowly. When copper oxidizes, it develops a green patina. This is actually used for effect purposes; you can accelerate the process and produce the green patina. Bronze exists longer in history. A lot of the bronze art objects exist from the earlier civilizations. Compared to bronze that has been here for centuries, iron is only a few decades old. Unfortunately, even with the protective finish, iron can easily rust away.
â¢ In shaping: To be able to shape metal, you can either use techniques like reposing or chasing, which is just kind of hammering. This will work well with softer metals.
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