Brass Sheet

Brass Sheet is now available at Aluminum Warehouse. We are large metal stockholders and stock three of the main commercial grades of Brass Sheet to suit various applications. These are: CZ106, CZ108 and CZ120.

Brass is renowned for its high corrosion and tensile strength; in addition, we have grades to support either cold forming or hot formability. Please choose from our portfolio of thickness and width combinations or select a cut size from individual sheets.

How familiar are you with the history and property of brass and brass sheet? Brass has a very long and deep history with numerous applications. Understanding the fundamentals of this metal will inform your choice of brass sheets. This way, you can buy a brass plate that suits your application perfectly.

History of Brass

The origin of brass dates back to 5th century China. It was mostly used as a decorative and ornamental metal. In those days, its relative shades of colour ranging from red to silver provided the user with design flexibility.

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. Typically, the copper composition is about 67% and the zinc composition is about 33%. When making brass sheets, the composition may vary depending on the intended function of the brass sheet rolls.

Averagely, brass is highly malleable. But this particular property also depends on the amount of zinc present in the brass. Brass containing higher than 45% zinc may be termed “unworkable”. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to work on it. It simply means the brass will need to be heated first.  

On the other hand, to enjoy the best functionality from your brass sheet, you can choose a brass alloy with less than 45% zinc in its composition. This makes the brass easily workable even in its cold state. Brass sheeting is easily achievable from this composition.

Here at Aluminum Warehouse, we are focused on becoming your go-to for all brass sheet needs. This means whichever form of the brass sheet you require is available at our stores in the United Kingdom. We also supply various sizes of the brass sheet in the UK. Each of these metals can be purchased and used for varying domestic and industrial purposes.

Look through our brass sheet collections today.

Types of Brass

There are two main types of brass primarily considered when making sheets of brass metal. However, it’s important to note this only applies when copper and zinc are the primary alloys.

Alpha Brass

This is usually made from brass with less than 37% zinc. They are more ductile and softer than their counterparts. Alpha brass is the more popular choice for making brass sheets. This is thanks to their cold workability i.e. they can be bent and shaped without the presence of heat or fire.

The most common alpha brass is cartridge brass. Typically, it has a 30:70 zinc/copper ratio. It also offers higher protection against corrosion compared to other brass plates with more zinc in their composition. Alpha brass is generally used in manufacturing springs, screws, clamps, rivets, pins and bolts.

Beta Brass

This type of brass is made with a zinc composition higher than 45%. This makes for tougher brass sheets. However, they cannot be cold worked and can only be worked on in the presence of heat or fire. Overall, it’s less ductile than alpha brass but is ideal for certain household items like door fittings, windows and showerheads.

Other Brass Compositions

Copper and zinc may be the primary components in creating brass. However, other elements can be added sparingly to enhance the properties of brass sheet metal. These additions significantly improve the mechanical and physical properties of the brass.

  • Brass sheet suppliers in the UK may also offer lead brass. Lead brass contains about 3% lead in its makeup and makes the brass easier to machine i.e. it becomes easier to rework and reform

  • Naval brass contains about 1% tin and improves the corrosion resistance of the brass against seawater

  • High tensile brass contains additional elements like aluminium, manganese and iron which all enhance the strength of any brass sheet made from them.

What is a Brass Sheet?

Brass sheet is an alloy consisting of 70% copper and 30% zinc. It is also known as yellow brass because of its distinct colouration.

Brass sheets have major applications in the architectural and hardware industry. It can be beaten into a thin brass sheet or rolled into a tubular shape. It’s possible to cut brass in different sizes and apply different finishes to each brass plate for a unique touch.

The main distinction to brass sheets is the thickness. For our customers across the UK, we can cut a brass sheet to any size to suit your industrial needs. Below is a breakdown of the dimensions we use in manufacturing different brass plates for sale. 

  • We have a 0.5mm brass sheet that comes in its natural form and a semi-bright finish. 

  • Additionally, we also have the 0.9mm brass sheet and a 1.2mm brass sheet in both natural forms and semi-bright finishes.

  • We also provide brass sheets with reflective surfaces that are ideal for art installations and interior design. We have them in 1.5mm brass sheet, 2mm brass sheet, 3mm brass plate and 5mm brass plate dimensions. They come in a brightly polished format.

As the leading brass plate manufacturer, we also produce brass sheets in distressed, brushed, hammer beaten and soft forms. You can also get different finishing options like aged, bright, dull, mirror polishes and more. 

So choose Aluminum Warehouse — the number one brass sheet supplier in the UK.

Our Brass Sheets: Features to Expect

Brass has a lot of features that make it the ideal metal to use in domestic and industrial settings. Whether you are working with a polished brass sheet or a roll of brass, there are certain properties exclusive to the metal that makes them highly sought after.

Colour Variety

Brass sheets typically come in a myriad of colours depending on the levels of zinc and copper in them. They can appear as a reddish-gold metal or have a brighter gold colour to them.

Alternatively, it may appear silver-white or whisper grey. A higher percentage of copper yields a reddish tone while a higher percentage of zinc will produce a more silver hue.

Higher Ductility

The sheets of brass metal we offer are renowned for their impeccable malleability and cold drawing. For industrial work, you can easily manipulate the sheets to your desired shape and thickness.

Impressive Acoustic Properties

Brass sheet metal is the preferred choice in making musical instruments. It is highly resonant and easy to work with. It’s the reason there is an entire section of orchestra music dedicated to the metal.

Low Friction

Our brass sheets do not wear easily and have a relatively smooth surface. This makes them adequate for use in gears and pistons. It provides low friction and allows for the smooth operation of rotating metal parts.

Easy to Cast

Brass, even in its hardest form is still very easy to machine compared to other alloys. Whether you are hot or cold working the metal, it can be easily moulded in its molten state to any shape you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions about buying and using brass sheets:

What is a Brass Sheet?

A brass sheet is a flattened form of brass which is an alloy consisting of copper and zinc at a ratio of 70:30 percentage. It is also known as yellow brass because of its yellow pigmentation.

How Do You Cut a Brass Sheet?

A brass sheet can be cut with snips or metal shears.

Can You Laser Cut Brass Sheet?

The initial reflective surface of brass makes it a bit difficult to cut with a conventional laser. However, a fibre laser will cut through a brass sheet with ease.

How to Bend a Brass Sheet?

A brass sheet can be bent with a workbench vice and a mallet. Simply make a bend line and hammer the sheet along that line.

Can You Get Brass in Sheets?

Yes, you can. The sheet diameters can range from 0.5mm to 5mm.