It is not bronze, it is copper-nickel 90-10. Nice stuff but not
Yes James, I know its cu/ni.
As I said, its a near as youll get to a trad bronze, as to
workability and colour and oxidation finish.
Have used it for many yrs in tube and sheet form.
where to find it in sheet form? Theres a scrap merchant in Chippeham
Wiltshire who deals in ship scrap.
I buy 3in dia hot sea water pipe (from condenser feed and return) in
slit it lengthwise with a jig saw, open it up and ive 9 in wide
sheet some 1/10th in thick.
Scour with a very coarse rotary wire brush, pickle and then use it
Rolls out well down to 1/16th in the power mill for buckle fronts.
This gets minted hot as a 3 by 2in oval.
The backs for these fronts are from guilding metal some 1/10th in
Both these are blanked out on a 6 ton power crank press.
All the buckle fittings that locate the wire belt loop and tang are
formed out of the back with another fly press tool.
Like the tangs used to assemble tin toys.
hope you follow.
The fronts are then fixed onto the backs with matching metal rivets
some 1/16th in dia round head.
not a solder joint anywhere!.
Theres a seperate stamping that connects the leather to the wire
belt loop, keeping the leather single thickness.
No bending over so the buckle lays flat in use.
Use this metal to also mint buttons.
Do them both in sterling as well.
I also find its nice to use.