Two’s a Match: A Marriage of Metal and Bronze

Whether used to coat metal or not, bronze takes well to both industrial and rural environments and displays excellent resistance to seawater-induced corrosion. Compared to steel, bronze is a stronger resistor to metal fatigue. The alloy is also a better conductor of heat and electricity than most types of steel.

Given its many uses and strengths, metal sheets of bronze find use in all kinds of industries. It’s hardly a wonder then that most top-quality bells and cymbals are made of bronze (aside from its sister alloy, brass). In boats and their ship fittings and other parts, sculptures of icons, bronze and metal go together.

Not all matches are perfect, however, and with an alloy such as bronze, its strength depends on another marriage; namely, of copper and tin, with other ingredients sometimes added into the mix. Despite its resistance, bronze is also not completely free from corrosion— chemicals such as chlorine, sulfur and nitrogen oxides, combined with the presence of moisture, can cause its deterioration.

Ultimately, however, bronze remains an effective coat. A metal sheet of bronze stays strong and flexible, a combination that is as complementary as it is somehow paradoxical. In the end, a marriage of metal and bronze works for the best.

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