Gilding metal

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Gilding metal is a copper alloy, a brass, comprising 95% copper and 5% zinc.[1]

Gilding metal is used for various purposes, including the jackets of bullets, driving bands on some artillery shells,[2] as well as enameled badges and other jewellery. The sheet is widely used for craft metalworking by hammer working.[1] It is also used particularly as a lower-cost training material for silversmiths.

Gilding metal may be annealed by heating to between 800–1,450 °F (427–788 °C).[3] It should be cooled slowly afterwards, to reduce risk of cracking.[4]


  1. ^ a b Untracht, Oppi (1968). Metal Techniques for Craftsmen. p. 18. ISBN 0-7091-0723-4. 
  2. ^ "105mm Advanced Cannon Artillery Ammunition Program (ACA2P)". Archived from the original on 7 Mar 2007.  |section= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Untracht, p. 49–50
  4. ^ Untracht, p. 246