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Brass vs Bronze - In-ground Plaques

Discussion in 'Materials' started by tanneji, May 14, 2010.

  1. tanneji

    tanneji Member

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    Hello all!

    For longevity and wear etc, which would be the better for mounting into a sidewalk? People will be walking on it etc etc ....

    Any preference or knowledge?

    Thanks!

    Joel
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    I have brass gemini letters embedded in concrete for the past three years - lots (and I mean lots) of foot traffic, no issues...
     
  3. ratchet

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    for me to give a more accurate answer, you'd need to specify which brass/bronze alloys you're referring to (as they all have different properties).

    But, as a generality:
    --> "brass" is generally an alloy of mostly copper and zinc
    --> "bronze" is generally an alloy of mostly copper and tin

    Also, some tradenames with "bronze" in the name are actually classified as brass (and vice-versa)

    Bronze is generally more resistant to corrosion (salt, etc), and is generally harder, but is also generally more expensive than brass (and is harder to work).

    If I was going to guess (without knowing which alloy), I would generally choose bronze (IMHO, YRMV, etc.)
     
  4. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    I would choose bronze.
     
  5. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

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    bronze

    Take a trip to a graveyard and bronze seems to be popular choice for longevity.
     
  6. tanneji

    tanneji Member

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    Awesome all!

    Thanks for the info and opinions ... i'll let ya know how it goes
     
  7. jiarby

    jiarby Major Contributor

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    Bronze is popular with the tweakers too.
     
  8. petrosgraphics

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    have had many a bronze plaque done by GEMINI, it has always been my 1st choice...

    jill has a point..... just never thought of brass......
     
  9. G-Artist

    G-Artist Active Member

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    If I were casting, I'd choose bronze in a heartbeat.

    It's more durable and will last multiple lifetimes as well.

    Pure brass is so easily tarnished it's incredible. Take a tour of the EU and note all the beautiful
    brass statuary. It is all green and blue (and now ugly). No amount of covering finishes will
    last more than a year or two. Take that from a Navy guy who carried around Brasso by
    the gallon ... lol.
     
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