Sculptures Made of Bronze Tube Makes a Comeback in Modern Art

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Despite the fact that sculptures made primarily out of bronze is not a modern idea, it’s certainly regaining its old status in the modern art world as primary material for sculptures. Current bronze prices are making most of the country’s artisans re-think their choice of base material for their next masterpiece.

The Shift: From Bronze to Stone, and Back Again

Though bronze still holds the crown for the most popular material for cast metal sculptures, its use as primary material for sculptors has decreased over the years as the majority of these visual artists choose stone, ceramic, and more recently, resin to compensate. The main reason for the shift was the increasing world market price for copper, which is the primary component of bronze.

While it is true that the price of copper has not changed much in recent years, experts have argued that bronze prices shouldn’t be affected much by copper’s off-the-shelf prices, but are subjected to price shifts in scraps which are mostly dictated by its point of manufacture. This means the price of a single bronze tube is relatively independent from the current copper price. Read more on this blog: http://bit.ly/2wx1YgB

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Looking to Build a Structure That Makes a Statement? Consider Turning to Brass Tubing

When you want your structure to make a bold but elegant statement, turning to brass is indeed a reliable and appealing option. Brass, after all, is one metal capable of enduring the test of time. In short, whatever you create will most certainly captivate the attention of anyone passing by for years to come. As such, it just as certainly strengthens your portfolio.

Its architectural value radiates in the projects and creations crafted by architects across the globe. For some architects, inspiration rests on perforated brass. Other projects call for the use of mesh or flat mesh brass. On the other hand, some architects decide to create an even bolder statement by opting for brass tubing in structures that remain the talk of the town today. Such projects represent impressive creativity and a clever use of brass tubes as a form of light in dusky recesses of a building.

To generate some design ideas in your own work, examine the following ways in which brass plays an eminent role in today’s architecture.

 

Brass as a Grid Facade

Combining several pieces of thin brass tubes to emulate a grid lends a facade to a building that waxes both edgy and exciting. This is the exact technique adopted by Shanghai design studio, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, to create its impressive flagship store for the Asian skincare brand, Sulwhasoo, in Seoul, South Korea. The brass grids are highly visible in the store’s entryway.

On the other hand, the whole grid theme resonates inside the store. Here, the grid is cleverly used to divide the large spaces into sections. Aside from adding organization to the floor space and store, the design also adds some privacy for shoppers, especially when interested in sampling an item or product. The grid element also works well as a brand’s product display shelf.

 

Brass as a Tube Exterior Wall

For one theatre building in Shanghai, brass tubes standing side-by-side serve as an attractive exterior wall that adds character to the structure. What’s more, it provides a dramatic contrast to the stone surrounding the rest of the building.

 

Brass as a Representation of Grass

For one pavilion in Beijing, Italian designer Luca Nichetto used vertical brass tubes to create a facade that resembled numerous blades of grass. It greatly complements the landscaped setting for the structure. Meanwhile, large windows complement the facade and allow more natural light to enter.

Brass tubes and brass in general certainly lends to unique and stunning architectural creations. With a bit of inspiration, you too can certainly craft an architectural masterpiece sure to impress any client looking for a structure that stands out from the rest. Turn to brass tubing in order to make a name in the industry and set your work apart from that of everyone else.

 

About Rotax Metals:

At Rotax Metals, we offer various metals like brass, copper and bronze in different forms so that you can readily utilize them for architectural, decor design, and other types of applications. For instance, we offer brass in different forms including tubing, angles, coils, extrusions, sheets, channels and more. We can also customize according to your requirements.

 

Sources:

neri & hu combines stone and brass for new shanghai theatre, designboom.com

Endless Brass Grids Illuminate the New Sulwhasoo Flagship Store in Seoul, yatzer.com

Tales Pavilion by Luca Nichetto, dezeen.com

Bronze Bars Are the Perfect Material for Sleeve Bearings in Machines

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For the most part, machine makers have tried to find primary materials that would impart high performance, stability, and cost-effectiveness on their equipment design. However, some metal workers tend to avoid working with bronze bars, not because they find it hard to work with or they find it inferior to other alloys, but simply because they assume that bronze would be more costly.

This is rather unfortunate, as bronze is the perfect material to fabricate sleeve bearings for industrial machines. While it is true that copper, the primary component in making bronze, is costly, those that are made into bronze are typically priced 50 to 70% off the price of the initial copper bar, depending on the point of its manufacture.

Why Choose Bronze for Bearing Applications?

With the famous misconception about bronze’s price out of the way, it is easier to market bronze bars as the ideal primary material for fabricating an ordinary sleeve bearing. Though sleeve bearings are typically small, its function in ensuring the smooth operation of a complex machine is guaranteed. Read more on this blog: http://bit.ly/2wximgZ

Modern Day Architectural and Construction Design Utilizes Muntz Metal for Its Unique Properties

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In the past couple of decades, both builders and property owners have realized the wide range of design possibilities that metal brings to the table. While metal provides strength and stability, it is also undeniably sensitive to its surroundings. A metal that provides a rather good performance can corrode quite rapidly in some environments.

Despite the fact that Muntz metal (also known as Yellow Metal) is a material primarily used in maritime and industrial applications due to its antifouling properties, an increasing number of architects and contractors are appreciating the unique properties of Muntz metal as a building material too. Muntz metal is highly corrosion-resistant and can reduce the possibility of epibiosis. This means that Muntz metal is not prone to fungi or algae growth, which is quite typical in humid environments.

Capabilities and limitations

Architects and contractors consider several factors in choosing the right metal to incorporate in their design. The metal’s appearance, weight, strength, expected service life, anti-corrosive properties, ease of installation, and cost are just some of the things they consider. Read more on this blog: http://bit.ly/2fQ2H9c

Home Designers Rely on Brass Extrusions for Several Reasons

When it comes to home design, it’s safe to say that brass is making a timely comeback. Indeed, it’s in great demand again just like in the Victorian era. That’s because brass is a kind of metal capable of giving any space unparalleled elegance while also being durable.

For the architecture and interior design industries, brass comes in a wide variety of forms and specifications. However, perhaps one of the most widely used ones are the brass extrusions due to its wide variety of application possibilities. In fact, here are some ways that these particular metal extrusions are making brass shine throughout homes across America today.

 

Brass Wall Corner Protector

Brass makes for a great accent to a corner of wall in the home. This would help keep anything from damaging the wall while also giving the space a little dramatic effect. In fact, a brass wall corner protector would look especially stunning when it is paired with dark tones such as gray and black.

 

Brass Baby Gate

A baby gate that is reliable, one made of brass is a better alternative to wood and other materials. For starters, it’s a much healthier alternative. According to researchers, alloys made from metals such as brass can help prevent any antibiotic resistance in bacteria from actually spreading. Whereas bacteria can survive on stainless steel surfaces for weeks, it will die within minutes on copper surfaces, making it safer for use in homes, daycares and even, hospitals.

 

Brass Decorative Fixtures

In today’s most stylish homes, brass makes great decorative fixtures, whether it is incorporated in the design of an accent table, coffee table, lamp, or chandelier. It’s popular since it goes well with a lot of other materials such as marble and even concrete. Brass also comes in a number of colors. It can even have a matte or high gloss finish.

As a number of designers have found, brass is incredibly easy to decorate with. When designing a home, you can mix brass with other metal tones such as copper, and rose gold to make any space bolder and more stunning. Brass also happens to blend spectacularly with both black and white. If you are looking to make a bold statement, you can display a big brass decorative item in a room surrounded by white and other neutral tones. This way, your fixture will definitely be the focal point of the entire space.

Without a doubt, brass remains one of the most reliable metals in home design today. As extrusions are available in both T-shape and handrail forms, it’s easy to find the right shape for different applications. This way, you can be sure that you always get a brass extrusion that is just right.

 

About Rotax Metals:

At Rotax Metals, we are proud to have several types of brass extrusions available for all of our clients. This allows us to cater to a wide variety of applications, including architectural details, decorative fixtures, gates, and musical instruments. We also offer brass plates and sheets to suit your other requirements.

 

Sources:

INTERIOR TRENDS | BRASS IS BACK, italianbark.com

Comeback of the Year: Brass!, styleblueprint.com

New Vertex Corner Protectors in Brass, thecatweb.com

SALE, restorationhardware.com

Top Things to Look for in Bronze Sheet Metal for Industrial Applications

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It might sound old and cliché, but not every bronze sheet metal is created equal. Depending on its scrap composition and its point of manufacture, a single piece of bronze metal (either in the form of sheet, plate, tube or bar) can be considered as a superior product to those that come from another supplier.

If you are in the business of designing and fabricating intricate industrial parts, this information is highly critical. As much as possible, you would want to use primary materials that are versatile and high-performing, without significantly increasing your overhead costs or reducing your potential profit.

Designing Using the Right Bronze Alloy

For machine and equipment designers, a good design should indicate the right bronze alloy for the job. Service conditions, lubrication, and operating modes can greatly influence a designer’s decision in choosing the correct material. Because bronze has a wide range of both physical and chemical attributes, the fabricator must select the material that will provide optimum performance. Read more on this blog: http://bit.ly/2xT2nLz

Many Designers Opt to Use Brass Angle in Home and Commercial Interiors

When you want your interior design to exude unparalleled elegance, you can’t do any better than brass. It’s the one metal that gives your work a yellow gold finish. Indeed, brass is the one metal that you’d want to work with if you’re looking to make a bold statement.

Brass is a relatively easy metal to work with. It has good machinability properties and can be joined to other copper alloys. The copper in brass gives it a natural ability to inhibit bacterial growth. One study done by Southampton University in the UK found that using brass and copper fittings in hospitals may help stop the spread of fingertip or touch contamination. That means it’s the perhaps the safest and most hygienic metal choice that you would ever make.

Here are some ways that brass angles can be used in different spaces to lend a touch of class:

 

Brass Door Jamb, Frame Protection and Sill

Brass angles are a popular choice for door jambs. Recently though, designers have gone much further with brass. Brass can also be used as a door frame to help keep doors and entryways better protected against any damage that could be caused by pedestrian traffic or equipment.

Brass also makes good door sill protectors and threshold covers. It can also be used for ramp cover plates that make it much easier for wheelchairs and other accessories with wheels to pass through an entry way. Indeed, brass’ yellow gold glow will improve the aesthetics of any door or entryway.

 

Brass Handrail

Staircases are one part of the interior where several people pass through day and night. Hence, you need to make sure that the entire structure, especially the rails, is durable. Fortunately, brass does a good job of remaining sturdy for a long time. Since it is also antimicrobial, you don’t have to worry about people touching the handrails spreading dangerous pathogens. Indeed, brass makes passing through stairways a lot safer to the health.

 

Brass Step Guards

One of the best ways to keep the steps in good condition is to install brass angle step guards. Especially in a place where there is a high volume of traffic on a daily basis, you need a step guard that will stay on the steps and not crack without warning. At the same time, reliable step guards such as those made from brass will help prevent people from slipping.

Even to this day, brass angles can be used in a number of ways to improve home and commercial establishment interiors. Especially in high traffic commercial areas, consider using brass fittings and fixtures. This way, you can give the space a great look while keeping everyone a little bit safer from possible contamination.

 

About Rotax Metals:

At Rotax Metals, we make sure to provide all of our customers in various industries the exact type, profile, and size of metal that they require. This is why we offer our brass profiles and sheets in many different sizes. We also offer copper and bronze plates, sheets, and profiles.

 

Sources:

Using copper and brass fittings in hospitals could wipe out superbugs like MRSA/mirror.co.uk

Brass Composition, Properties, and Comparison With Bronze/thoughtco.com