Brass is an alloy composed of zinc and copper, whose proportions can vary according to its properties and use. Its primary use is for decoration because of brass’ gold-like glow and appearance.
This metal alloy is also recommended for low friction applications like gears, doorknobs, bearings, valves for electrical and plumbing applications, and for musical instruments like bells and horns. Brass melts at around 1600 to 2000 degrees depending on the composition.
This DIY video shows you how to melt the metal for casting purposes. Take note of the forge used as well as the tools employed in handling the molten metal.
source: Alex Copley
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