The types of metals used for decorations
Metal decorations are classy and a bit of edginess to wherever they’re placed. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re durable and cost-effective. You probably know that there are several types of metal available for usage but not all of them are completely suitable for metal décors. If you don’t know what metal décors are, they are simply decorative items made with metal such as sculpture, clocks, frames and even functional items like a doorknob and tables. These are day to-ay items that we use at home, and at work, therefore, we should know just a bit about them. Let’s discuss some of the types of metals used for decorations.
- Tin – Tin is actually five to fifteen percent of bronze, but besides that, tin is also a metal that can be used on its own. Due to its malleability and resistance to corrosion tin is usually used to coat or cover other metals. Tin is pretty common; it’s what processed canned foods come in. After consuming these canned foods, you can always use the tin cans for decorative purposes. A simple coat of paint and it could become a makeshift flower pot.
- Aluminum – There’s a large chance that one of the pots in your kitchen is an aluminum pot. You can check to be sure. This is because as time goes on, some metal pots begin to shed some of their qualities whilst under heat, and this can be quite toxic. Aluminum in its metal form is non-toxic. The element, aluminum dates quite far back in time. In 100 BC it was used by the Greeks and the Romans. Aluminum is used for cutlery, vehicle parts, ship parts and even statues which counts as decorative art. A great example of an aluminum statue is the “Hand of God aluminum sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn.”
- Copper – Copper and silver are the best conductors of heat and electricity, but copper is the most widely used metal when it comes to conduction. Copper is also well embedded into mythology and probably the first metal man ever used. In Roman mythology, the goddess Venus is said to have risen from the waters of Cyprus (which happened to be the number one supplier of copper to the Roman empire) while looking at herself in a copper mirror. This singular action has resulted in the resulted in the hypothesis that copper has protection powers. Copper is used for wires, musical instruments, plumbing, and cookware. In terms of décor, copper bowls are used as decorative items for the kitchen. Copper is also used to make beautiful jars, headpins and quite a large array of household items.
- Iron – Iron is often seen as the “god” of metals besides Tungsten which is the strongest metal in its pure state. Iron also makes up at ninety to ninety-five percent of stainless steel. Iron and Steel are often used for the larger decorative items such as the tables, potholders and even gates.
These are merely four of the eight four metals that exist. Some more popular metals are silver, gold, titanium, platinum while some other less popular metals are Rhodium, which the rarest metal on Earth, Iridium and Promethium which is used to make nuclear batteries. Let us know in the comment section any other rare metals that you have stumbled upon. Be sure to check out our other articles on metal décor!