METAL DEFINITIONS & TERMS
- Bulk Metal
cut to length bulk wire for provides what is needed at a good
value. Our cuts are generously long & approximately square.
We are one of the few metal wire suppliers to carry such a wide
range of wire gauges. Wire by the running foot or yard is shipped
in one length whenever possible. We
use this metal to craft our own creations.
- Grades: These solid metal wires
are of an especially pure high grade for fine craft work. All
of It is solderable except the aluminum. It is not to be used
for electrical work.
- New Craft Metal
bright rolled satin finish. It may have some very slight manufacturing
ripples, scratches & color variations.
- 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.
- Gauges or
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.
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
- 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
thickness shown is approximate.
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
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