Gilding metal

Gilding metal is a copper alloy, a brass, comprising 95% copper and 5% zinc.[1] British Army Dress Regulations define gilding metal as '8 parts copper to 1 of zinc'.[2]

Gilding metal is used for various purposes, including the jackets of bullets, driving bands on some artillery shells,[3] 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).[4] It should be cooled slowly afterwards, to reduce risk of cracking.[5]


  1. 1 2 Untracht, Oppi (1968). Metal Techniques for Craftsmen. p. 18. ISBN 0-7091-0723-4.
  2. War Office (1904) Dress Regulations for the Officers of the Army (Including the Militia). London: HMSO. p. 4
  3. "105mm Advanced Cannon Artillery Ammunition Program (ACA2P)". Archived from the original on 7 Mar 2007. |section= ignored (help)
  4. Untracht, p. 49–50
  5. Untracht, p. 246

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