Creating hardware from the fragments of Earth is itself a majestic process to witness. Brass and Bronze are alloys of copper and zinc, tin and copper, respectively; They are used on a massive scale for the production of hardware worldwide.
This process is not a fruit of the intellect of the 21st century but has persisted in our society for around 300 -500 years. Its foundation has been laid down as early as the Roman Era, where people used these gold-like materials to create utensils, artifacts, and various paraphernalia.
At that time, the civilizations were not aware enough to ponder into the depth of these alive yet non-living elements. They used it for the sole purpose of fulfilling their needs.
Brass and Bronze both have been popular materials for decoration due to their gold-like gleam and their striking appearance with other godly metals. The features of both metals include malleability, ductility, low melting point, workability, and their versatile quality of taking the shape of almost anything you mold them into. This property may seem insignificant if scratched over the surface. This property allows an artist to breathe poetry and character through this unusual process to create pieces of time.
Evolution Of Brass
Owing to its rare properties, brass has the unique quality of being ferromagnetic, the capability to be segregated from ferrous scrap if processed through a powerful magnet. Brass has made an appearance all around history. The most ancient brass version can be dated back as natural alloys excavated and then converted by smelting ores which were abundant in zinc.
In the millennium BC, the use of brass spread like wildfire globally. India, Britain, Spain, Iran, etc., were involved in the deliberate production of different articles from this metal.
In the first century BC, it was even used as coin currency in Phyrygia and Bythnia. Brass even seems to be banished from the use by Jewish communities in Palestine due to the links with Romans.
Even some of the most breathtaking pieces in African Art are lost wax castings. The giant portrait of the Bronze head of Queen Idia is also made of brass irrespective of the name.
Fast-forwarding to the current period, brass has been a base for many artists to create and convert their imagination into to visually indulging pieces. These include creating hardware, accessories, fashion clothing, and as the primary material for imitation jewelry. This makes it evident that brass has been a companion of the artists and their pretenses.
Evolution of Bronze
Bronze lies on the same plane as brass. From little to no difference in composition and properties, it fits the criteria for creating something which goes beyond generic thinking and process. Its most notable properties are machinability, ductility, and strength to withstand high pressure and drastic changes in its shapes. The bronze era has been named to point out the extensive use of Bronze during that period. The usage dates back to mid 4th millennium BC.
Unlike brass, Bronze was not only used for creating artistic pieces. This metal was also used to create tools, weapons, armors, and building tiles as it is very durable. During the years, many discoveries have led to the speculation that the Bronze was used as currency and used as a sign to mark the nobility and high social status. This makes it clear that Bronze had high recognition in the earlier dates. The artifacts which were buried make it a capsule to store the rituals and culture.
To this day, the significance of these metals is not forgotten. They are now used on a more extensive scale. Every article like door handles, bars, hinges, locks, keys, accessories, clothes, utensils, and jewelry, etc., emerges from the process of molding this material. The beauty of these pieces lies in the sentiment. You could employ an expensive process and create something and still assess no result. Something delicate, made out of the emotion that gushes within an individual, carves its imprint in the heart and mind. The amalgam of passion, art, and glory is the reason behind the ecstatic aura associated with these articles and hardware.