Metal Monday – Brass Is An Alloy

Let’s start kicking some “brass” today! Brass is an alloy (remember, alloys are made up of different element metals) that comes in a variety of forms. Brass is generally made up of copper and zinc, but depending on the application there will be other metals inside as well.

Brass is a very common item that can be found through your house, in industrial applications, and many day to day items that you use. Let’s go over a few places inside of a house that you can find brass.

  • Faucets- Almost all faucets are brass with chrome plating.
  • Beds- Many bed frames are made of decorative brass pieces.
  • Handles/Knobs- Many in your kitchen are brass and can be recycled.

Brass is a very common metal that you can really cash in with, make sure you let us know where else to look for brass.

Hope this helps, scrap ya later!


If you are in need of some tips of scrapping your brass and copper, which is commonly found with it, be sure to keep everything separate. copper tubing will often have solder on it and that connects to the brass fittings at the corners of the pipes. If you have a large amount of copper pipes with brass on them, it will be beneficial to you if you get pipe cutters and separate the two. The #2 copper tubing is worth more by itself than with the bras attached.

Also by separating the brass from the copper pipe you can see the color difference in the metals. Brass will have a yellowish tint to it because it has more zinc than copper inside. The copper pipe will have that reddish color to it. If you aren’t sure you can take a metal file and scrape the side to see the color of the metal.

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