When researching bronze especially in the domestic both bronze and brass appear as objects like cutlery place mates decorative objects. However there is a difference between the two materials.
The Metal super market an online metal shops gives definitions between, brass and bronze.
“Brass is mainly an alloy that consists of copper with zinc added. Brasses can have varying amounts of zinc or other elements added. These varying mixtures produce a wide range of properties and variation in colour. Increased amounts of zinc provide the material with improved strength and ductility. Brass can range in colour from red to yellow depending on the amount of zinc added to the alloy” (Metal Supermarkets UK – Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Bright, Black, Engineering, Bronze, Copper, Brass, Tool, Galvanized, 2017)
“Bronze is an alloy that consists primarily of copper with the addition of other ingredients. In most cases the ingredient added is typically tin, but arsenic, phosphorus, aluminium, manganese, and silicon can also be used to produce different properties in the material. All of these ingredients produce an alloy much harder than copper alone. Bronze is characterised by its dull-gold colour. You can also tell the difference between bronze and brass because bronze will have faint rings on its surface” (Metal Supermarkets UK – Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Bright, Black, Engineering, Bronze, Copper, Brass, Tool, Galvanized, 2017)
Starting with a simple google search of ‘metal table wear’ revealed the items:
- small pots
- place matts
- cooking utensils like pots and pans
When i searched for bronze table wear, the majority of the pictures were of cutlery with the odd plate. however by the looks of these plates a finishes they look like metal paint or glaze something that isnt a solid deposit of bronze.
- I don’t mind using metal glazes or lusters i think they are very beautiful and take still and knowledge to use in an effective way. From my visit to new designers m Lawsons ceramic work with the gold and silver bimorphic shapes bubbling over the side is made with some sort of luster or glaze.
My next web search was just bronze objects.
- historical objects like the verdigris
- some odd shaped thing which is described as money in the shape of the sun.
- From one of the previous searches one of the picture with a bronze sun shaped object caught my attention. The description from the online auction website where it had previously been auctioned off, describes the collection as bronze amulte or a psedo which is money of form of the sun, along side a bronze sickle and an arrow head. It was dated back to 1100/700 B.C from Europe (Catawiki, 2017)The fact that this sun shape was actually money intrigued me and the fact ist so different from the money we have today. Unfortunately no matter how much i researched i really struggled to find anything else about this other than what was on the catawiki auction site. My next search was on bronze money as the sun coin was dated to around 1100/700 B.C (Catawiki, 2017), i wanted to explore coin shapes and also how long bronze was used as a form of currency. This online auctions claims that this objects
Metal Supermarkets UK – Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Bright, Black, Engineering, Bronze, Copper, Brass, Tool, Galvanized. (2017). Difference Between Copper, Brass and Bronze | Metal Supermarkets. [online] Available at: https://www.metalsupermarkets.co.uk/difference-between-copper-brass-bronze/ [Accessed 11 Oct. 2017].
Collection of bronze objects. (2017).Available at : https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/13219341-collection-of-bronze-objects-bronze-amulet-pseudo-money-in-the-form-of-sun-6×6-cm-bronze-sickle-18-cm-and-bronze-arrowhead-5-cm-3x [accessed 11 Oct 2017]