Brass, usually copper alloyed with zinc, is easily shaped, stamped and deep drawn. It has fair electrical conductivity, excellent forming and drawing properties and good strength.
Lead brasses have excellent machining qualities and can be blanked, sheared, sawed and milled.
Different grades of brass, with different amounts of zinc, have different characteristics in surface smoothness, corrosion-resistance, ease and quality of machining, response to plating, ductility levels, chemical and temperature limits. In general, brass is impervious to most common conditions, except for prolonged exterior exposure and substantial abrasion. It tends to yellow from high temperatures. We are often called upon to machine and deep draw brass for decorative items.