What is Brass?
Brass is an alloy made from copper and zinc. Depending on the amount of each metal used a number of brasses can be made with varying properties. Bronze, which is similar to brass, is an alloy of copper and tin. It is heavy and dense. Not be be confused with Copper Scrap, Brass scrap consists of yellow solid brass, tubing brass, casting brass. It is also called honey brass.
Scrap brass can be found
- Bathroom and Kitchen Taps
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Some Silverware and antiques
- Musical Instruments
- Doorknobs and window latches
There are different types of brass or bronzes scrap
- Brass coast or dirty brass with minimal steel
- Gun metal, used mostly for valves or castings
- Manganese or aluminium bronze, with a slight magnetic pull
- Brass swarf or brass turnings
Scrapping Brass Tips and Cautions
- When selling your scrap ensure that any contaminated brass is separate from the cleaner scrap as this will have a bearing on the scrap brass price received.
- Even though Brass is yellow it is quite often coated silver or chrome, so it is important to scratch the surface of silver metals to make sure they are not Brass (brass is worth more than most other silver coloured metals).