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allessence
12-16-2011, 04:04 PM
I have a hand railing job coming up and I was hoping somebody could offer up a good place to buy some forgable bronze and also to inform be as to the proper technique to do it.

I've forged some copper, I've done brass but never bronze. I've done some brass hot,

What is the procedure for Bronze.

Thanks

H80N
12-16-2011, 05:03 PM
Jen
here is a table of bronze forging alloys....

http://www.cerrofabricated.com/old%20pix/subpages/Brass1.pdf

you can shop suppliers by the alloy number,,,

used to be that the biggest naval bronze supplier out there was Wilcox-Crittenen.... they made beautiful bronze marine hardware.... guess the greenies put them out of the bronze business.... all I can find under their name is Thetford environmental toilets... and plastic marine heads...

still looking though.....:devil:

Wagner Metals is a good supplier of Bronze handrail components....(not the same but it might give some ideas...)

http://www.bronzerailing.com/pages/Bronzerailing.html

YouTube has a lot of Bronze forging videos...

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=forging+bronze&oq=forging+bronze&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=17421l25593l0l30578l14l14l0l4l4l0l328l2125l 0.5.4.1l10l0

Brian C.
12-17-2011, 09:18 AM
Jennifer,

Check with Rich Waugh at http://www.caribbeanblacksmith.com/. He does a lot of bronze work.

tdmidget
12-27-2011, 04:42 PM
First you must decide if you want bronze, something called bronze, or something that looks like bronze.
Bronzes are alloys of copper and tin. Brasses are alloys of copper and zinc. There is an area where an alloy may contain both. Strictly speaking it will depend on what it has the most of, though anything with 10% Sn will usually be a bronze. Look at H80N's table:
http://www.cerrofabricated.com/old%20pix/subpages/Brass1.pdf
Eleven alloys, no bronze. Only 3 have any tin at all and then there is at least 30 times at much zinc.
A real bronze is rare and will be tough to work. But if you want something called bronze, or the color of bronze, then you have a wide field, Plus the brasses are more ductile and easier to work.
What do you have in mind that needs a bronze forging?

moe1942
12-28-2011, 08:51 AM
Find some old roman swords..they were forged..:)

Gravy
01-08-2012, 07:12 PM
Find some old roman swords..they were forged..:)

I can see it now: "Honest Hephaestus's Surplus Weaponry Supply and Metal Recycling"

H80N
01-08-2012, 07:50 PM
Jen
how did that project go?? .. did you find what you needed??....any updates??.......:)

allessence
01-11-2012, 01:55 PM
No, it's been on the back burner.

the guy who wants me to do the work has allowed me to move it till the spring time. Which works out great for me here since the shop is a little bit cold..

USMCPOP
01-11-2012, 02:32 PM
I can see it now: "Honest Hephaestus's Surplus Weaponry Supply and Metal Recycling"

Conveniently located just 1/2 mile northwest of the Parthenon, on the access road.