Should You Use Brass Plates for Your Nameplate Needs?

BY Rowena Taylor

Brass Plates

Nameplates can be made using a wide variety of metals, with one of these being brass plates. The decision to choose this particular metal for your nameplate creation lies within what your main usage is to be. Since this particular metal requires a different kind of maintenance plan as compared with stainless steel and aluminum, careful thought into choosing such a material should be done.

Of course, brass plates come with very distinct advantages when compared with other types of metal. For one, it has a golden tinge that makes it highly decorative and is very malleable. Made with a combination of zinc and copper, this particular metal is also corrosion resistant, and if aluminum is added to the mix, this corrosion resistance goes up. Brass is also a non-sparking type of metal, which is why it is often used in situations where explosive gases and other volatile materials are present.

Brass is also used in the creation of instruments, such as the trumpet, French horn, saxophone and trombone, to name but a few. This is because of the malleability of the metal, as well as the acoustic properties of this material. You can also find this gold-tinged metal being used in zippers, doorknobs, gears, bearings and many more.

There are many good reasons why this particular metal is a good choice for your nameplate needs. For one, brass plates are great to look at because of their color. If your plate is to be a decorative one, it might be a good idea to consider brass for this. This metal is also very ductile, making it great for use with specific marking mediums, such as stamping and embossing. These two methods can create very attractive plates with a 3-dimensional effect that draws people in and makes them take notice of whatever is written or designed on the metal nameplate.

Another good reason why you should consider using this particular type of metal for your needs is its resistance to numerous rough conditions. This metal can survive heat, cold, moisture and even exposure to certain chemicals as well as dirt. What you need to avoid however with brass plates is abrasion, since these can get scratched rather easily. It is also a good idea to not expose this particular metal too long to high heat since this will discolor your brass plates considerably.

So, where can you use brass plates and what kinds of nameplates can you craft using this material? You can actually make really good commemorative plaques with this metal. More often than not, the choice for such nameplates is either this plate or bronze, since both have a golden tint. Another good use for brass in nameplate making is for desk and office door plates. The decorative golden color is what makes this a great choice since this shade captures the attention of people.

These plates are also great for the creation of decorative trim plates, model and serial number plates, and promotional plates. The marking methods you can use on these plates can also include printing, silk-screening, hand stamping and stonewear process. You can also choose to have these etched, and this particular marking method is great if you are creating highly artistic and intricate pieces for your business, or even personal needs.

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