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Jeweler's Bronze

& Brass Sheet Metal

These are special alloys of Copper and Zinc made to resemble gold for craft and jewelry.   
 Jeweler's bronze sheet has deep high karat gold color, identical to our rich low brass/jewelers bronze/ wire.
 
Yellow brass sheet has a light bright yellow gold color, and is available only in 36 gauge heavy foil. more about this
 
This raw metal has a bright satin finish .
     

 

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JEWELERS BRONZE & YELLOW BRASS
SHEET METAL INFORMATION:

 

These special alloys of Copper and Zinc are made to resemble gold for craft and jewelry.
 
The combination of metals (alloy) gives them golden color and makes them tarnish less. They are also slightly harder & stiffer than copper.
 
The term Bronze is quite often used interchangeably with brass depending on its alloy.(mixture of metals) All of our sheet metal & wire is Lead Free. But be careful some other suppliers brass and bronze have lead in them. 
 
THICKNESS:
The thick 24 gauge sheet is a heavy weight just right for a range of craft work.  It easily cuts with a tin snips ,aviation snips or saw. The thick 20 gauge is .020 inch thick or 20 Mil thick.
 
  The 30 gauge is a medium thickness & is soft.   It is easy to work with: it cuts with a scissors and can be embossed. It is great for detailed craft from jewelry to holiday ornaments.   For embossing It takes deeper detail than our foil and and holds its shape better allowing it to be made into 3 D objects. Medium thick 30 gauge is .010 thick or .25MM Thick or 10 Mil thick approximately.
 
The 36 gauge YELLOW BRASS is a thin foil that is the traditional thickness for embossing and tooling. It also makes lightweight ornaments and decorations. Though considered a foil it is many times thicker than aluminum kitchen foil.
 Jeweler's bronze sheet was created by jewelers to be the exact color of high karat gold. It is also known as Merlin's gold, rich low, or red brass has a richer gold color which matches our jewelers bronze/ brass wire closely. It is softer. It is an alloy of 85% copper and 15% zinc. It is called Alloy #230 Shown at Right Jewelers Bronze sheet metal- it brighter longer than yellow brass.
 
 
 
Yellow brass sheet has a light bright gold color. It is slightly stiff. It is an alloy of 70% copper and 30% zinc. It is called Alloy #260                                     Shown at left Yellow Brass
 The 36 gauge YELLOW BRASS is a thin foil that is the traditional thickness for embossing and tooling. It also makes lightweight ornaments and decorations. Though considered a foil it is many times thicker than aluminum kitchen foil.
 
 
RAW METAL DEFINITIONS & TERMS
Brass is an alloy of copper, zinc and sometimes other metals. The combination of metals gives brass its golden color and makes it tarnish less. It also is harder & stiffer than copper.
 
Bronze is an alloy of copper, tin, sometimes zinc and other metals and quite often used interchangeably with brass. It can also look just like copper if it has a high copper content.
 
Bulk Metal :   Our cut to length bulk hobby & craft metals provides sizes needed at a good value. Our cuts of art metal are generously long & approximately square. Metal by the running foot or yard is shipped in one length whenever possible. We use this metal to craft our own creations.
 
Most sheet metal is shipped in a roll if more than one foot wide or long. If necessary ripples or curves can be flattened by rolling it with a smooth rolling pin or plastic pipe section on a completely smooth surface such as a countertop, smooth wood or heavy glass table. It also can be rolled slightly the other way to flatten.
 
Grades:  These solid metals are of an especially pure high grade for fine craft work. All of It is solderable except aluminum..
               
New Craft Metal has a bright rolled satin finish. It may have some very slight manufacturing ripples, scratches & color variations.  All metal is new unless on our Recycled/ Reclaimed Metal page.       
 
              
Reclaimed -Recycled metal: This unused older metal has scratches, finger prints, ripples and/or dents. Some is shiny and and some has patina from age. It is all very usable at a good price. We use this metal in our own creations. For these metals see our page: Recycled/ Reclaimed Metal
 
Gauges or Thickness: The lower the gauge number the thicker the metal. For example 23 gauge sheet metal is more than twice as thick as 30 gauge. See below for gauge charts.
 
Hardness: Basically how easy it is to bend or work:
             Soft is pliable yet holds up for folding and hammering. Thicker metal bends less easily than thin.
             Medium Hard is stiff, bends less easily and holds is shape better in larger pieces
 
 
FINISH: Our raw/bare metals can be buffed up after a piece is completed.  More information on METAL
CRAFT HOW-TO : Cleaning, cutting, forming, soldering & finishing
 
PATINA: All the metals we offer are raw with no wax or varnish and will gain an aged patina over time. Patina solutions (available at most hardware stores) can be used to speed the aging process. More about Patina
 
CAUTION :HANDLE WITH CARE , Raw metals have sharp edges. Rolls and coils are tightly wound and may spring open. They are not for use by children .
 
Our metals are sold only for craft work; and they are not tested nor certified safe for electrical nor electronic uses, nor home construction nor internal consumption, and they are not certified for food service. (Yes folks some actually ask if they can eat this craft metal!)
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MORE ABOUT THICKNESS
Gauge Thickness chart & Information
 
 
Gauge Is thickness. The higher the gauge number the thinner the metal.
 
The chart below shows approximate gauge thickness for metal to give a relative idea of different gauges. It is in American Standard Gauge of Average wire gauge thickness.
 
 Gauge -Thickness  Dimension inches thick  Dimension millimeters thick

  NOTES

 2

 

.258 inch or
slightly over 1/4 inch thick

  6.54 mm
  VERY HEAVY THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 4

 
.204 inch

 5.189 mm
 THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 6

 

 .162 inch

 4.1mm
 THICK WIRE .For large sculptures & armatures- cuts best with a bolt cutter or saw.

 8

  .128 a little over 1/8 inch

3.26 mm
 

 9

   .114 inch

   2.91 mm
 

  10

 

.102 inch

  2.6 mm
 

  12

 
.081 inch 50

 2 mm thick
 About as thick as a standard wire coat hanger

 14

 

 .064 inch

a bit thicker than 1/16 inch
1.6 mm
 This and thicker is Considered PLATE METAL in sheet metal. as in "copper plate"

  16

 .051 inch

 1.30 mm
 

  18

 .04 inch

 1 mm
 A bit thicker than a standard paper clip in wire. Heavy PLATE METAL in sheet metal. as in "copper plate"

  20

.032 inch

.80mm
About the thickness of a standard paper clip.

  22

 . 025

 .65mm
 

  23

Photo shows Approximate thickness: 23 gauge

  .023 or 23 Mil

  .576 mm

 

Standard heavy weight Sheet metal for larger craft work, roofing and range hoods etc. In copper sheet it is 1 pound per square foot approximately.

For sheet metal it cuts with a tin snips or saw

  24

  .020 or 20 Mil

 .5 mm -half a millimeter

Heavy weight Sheet metal.

For sheet metal it cuts with a tin snips or saw

A medium fine wire for craft.

  26

  .016

 .40 mm
 

  30

 .010 also known as 10 mil
as it is 10/1000
inch thick

  .25 mm 1/4 mm
 Medium weight sheet - cuts with a scissors. twice as thick as 36 gauge below, But a very thin wire- not very strong

  36

 .005 also known as 5 mil
as it is 5/1000 inch thick

  .125 mm 1/8 mm

 Heavy FOIL: Standard Embossing & tooling & foil. Cuts with a scissors.

7 times thicker than houshold aluminum foil.

  38

 .002

  .101 mm

  Medium weight foil slightly lighter than above

Extremely thin wire

   45-50

 .0014

.0007
    thin foil- Household"tin" Aluminum foil- called
very thin foil -
standard aluminum kitchen foil "tin foil"
 
The Gauge thickness lines may not appear correctly on some computer screens due to different screen resolutions and page size settings.
 
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Or see the inch dimensions in the chart above on this page and compare with a ruler.
 
 
 
 
 
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