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Author Topic: How do I get cheap brass plating?  (Read 2838 times)
Draaka
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« on: August 16, 2009, 02:00:17 am »

What is the best (Read: Cheapest) way to get brass plating for projects?

Also, what type or brass is easiest to cut/shape by hand and what type of tools should I use? (I am guessing at hacksaw and file)

I have no metal working experience.  Cry

(This being a Steampunk forum, I am sure this has been covered about a million times, if so could someone point me in the direction of that thread?)
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2009, 02:11:24 am »

Have you looked at Caswell Canada's
"Plug-N-Plate"?

A jeweller's saw works well on 1/16" brass.

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009, 02:11:55 am »

Brass plating... I assumje that you're talking about the stuff usually known as sheet brass.

Since you're from the UK, I can't help with the acquisition of the materials, but you should see to get a hold of full metal household scissors, which are by far the best tool to get through thin to moderately thick brass blates. Anything thicker should be done with a hacksaw.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2009, 02:18:16 am »

Have you looked at Caswell Canada's
"Plug-N-Plate"?

A jeweller's saw works well on 1/16" brass.




Oh my that looks fantastic.
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009, 02:19:15 am »

Brass plating is a process by which brass is affixed to the surface of another metal by chemicals or the galvanic current of electricity, as shoggotho says, are you thinking of sheet brass?

I use Metal snips, also known as tin snips to cut it Smiley
Found a photo of some exactly like mine, link! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009, 06:27:14 am »

if it is sheet brass you are looking for, my mom managed to find a pack of 12"x12" (30cmx30cm) containing about 5 sheets in the scrapbooking section of the local craft store.
and i think it cost about as much as a pack of scrapbook paper, though she didn't tell me for sure.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2009, 10:58:27 am »

in th uk model shops have sheet brass etc in small, but quite expensive packs, very thin metal is sold by craft shops as metal leaf and if you look up metal stock holders in the yellow pages if you want big quantities and differing gages, they will probably be able to order big amounts.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2009, 06:08:42 pm »

Thanks for all the links and ideas, it was sheet brass I was after, although I feel an investment in that plating device might be in order.
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