Brass is one of the more flexible materials to work with thanks to its relatively low melting points compared to other materials. It is often associated with musical instruments (commonly called “brass instruments”) such as trumpets and horns, but it is also an important material used to make electric parts. That’s because along with being highly malleable, brass is also a very conductive material, and it doesn’t wear out as fast as other metals. Brass plates also work as effective heat conductors.
Due to its hardy, flexible, yet pleasing look, contractors and construction workers often use brass to build pipes, tubes, radiators, and firearm casings. Some contractors prefer to order plates from brass vendors for the aesthetic appeal. The metal has a distinct shine to it that no other substance can match, but what many don’t know is that same color can be changed when changing the main elements that make up the sheets: copper and zinc.
More often than not, copper makes up more brass than zinc does. The distribution from a brass supplier ranges between 55% to 95% copper within any brass sheet. Higher percentage leads to brass that is more electrically conductive. On the other hand, zinc is what makes up the hardness and strength of the material. However, it’s for this same reason that the material is typically more difficult to make. Other small elements like lead and arsenic are sometimes added to brass sheets for extra qualities, like improving machine performance or corrosion inhibition.