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Color Matching Chart for Copper, Brass, Bronze, Nickel Silver

Color Matching Chart for Copper, Brass, Bronze, Nickel Silver

How do architects and hardware manufacturers match colors when it comes to brass, bronze, and other copper alloys?  What forms of copper alloys exist?  Mac Metals, a leading provider of American Made custom extrusions of copper alloys, would like to share with you the benefits and color matching properties of brass, bronze, and nickel silver.

Brass, bronze and nickel silver are copper alloys that can be manufactured in many different forms.  These brasses are the only common metal that possesses virtually every positive attribute from weathering resistance to artistic beauty.  Architects, designers and fabricators must decide which metal forming or casting process produces the right combination of attributes and cost-effectiveness.

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Consider the wide range of forms available:

  • Extruded rod, bar and shapes
  • Hot stampings and forgings
  • Rolled plate, sheet and strip
  • Drawn or welded tube
  • Wire
  • Castings: sand, shell, investment, gravity and pressure die

For many architectural applications, it is common to combine sheet, tubing and extruded profiles to assemble a door, elevator cab or stairway.  Hardware manufacturers may want to match lock sets and door pulls with thresholds and kick plates and hinges. Each item may be produced from a different raw material form.  Since color and texture drive the material decision to brass, determining the correct alloy when combining material forms is crucial.

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Mac Metals has released a color matching chart for the best alloys for color matching and texture that can be viewed by clicking here or by reading the chart below.

Matching color and texture for brass and bronze

We would like to thank you for taking the time to read this informative article on the benefits of color and texture matching in architectural metals, and invite you to comment and share your experiences with color matching among brass, bronze, and nickel silver.