I would like to know if there is a time\temperature relationship
for work hardening brass or bronze as there is for silver. Problem:
I am a custom saddlemaker-silversmith and I am planning on casting
some stamping tools for leather in brass or bronze. They will
attached to steel shanks for hand work or to steel blocks as a gang
for use in a Bonny Doon hydraulic press. I want to make sure that
the brass or bronze will hold up over time.
One of my skill sets is leather work, I’ve been doing it for 32
If you are going to cast metal for stamps, brass and bronze are
excellent, they polish well and considering they stamp damp/softened
leather, they will last forever.
My preference is to cast in bronze as opposed to brass, as zinc
fumes are nasty.
A simple 90/10 bronze will work nicely, and wont hurt you… much.