RAW METAL DEFINITIONS & TERMS
- Bulk Metal
cut to length bulk metals for the crafts person provides what
is needed at a good value. Our cuts are generously long &
approximately square. Metal 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 metals are
of an especially pure high grade for fine craft work. All of
It is solderable. 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
- CAUTION :HANDLE WITH CARE , Raw metals have sharp
edges. Rolls and coils are tightly wound and may spring open.
They are not intended for young children . Gauge thickness shown
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.
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