Meet Texas Lightsmith: Luis, Artisan & Craftsman

Texas Lightsmith wants you to meet the faces of our hard working artisans & craftsmen. I had some time recently to go into the shop and grab some shots of our amazing crew. Luis always has a smile, even under his welding garb. At Texas Lightsmith we celebrate craftsmanship & artisanship. Stay tuned to see more of our artisans & craftsmen.

Meet Texas Lightsmith: John Worsham

Texas Lightsmith Artisan & Owner John Worsham

Texas Lightsmith wants you to meet the faces of our hard working artisans & craftsmen. One of our leaders John Worsham was hard at work blacksmithing a few months ago instead of pushing office paperwork. At Texas Lightsmith we celebrate artisanship. Stay tuned to see more of our artisans & craftsmen.

Back In Brass

Brass Facts

Brass is as relevant today as it was in the latter part of the bronze age when copper and zinc were first alloyed to create the first brass.  Its many inherent properties make it ideal for many uses.

Known for its attractive yellow color, brass has been used for decoration because of its gold-like appearance but it also has uses in industrial, residential, and consumable applications. Brass can be found in zippers, gears, door knobs, sinks, ammunition cartridges, plumbing fixtures, range hoods, electrical components, art, pens, lighting, furniture, hardware, door hinges, pull knobs, thumb tacks, counter tops and countless other places. Brass is a go-to metal for making tools or fittings where it is important that sparks are not to be made due to flammable or explosive environments.  It lends itself to the casting process as well as machining processes and even has bactericidal properties! The copper in brass helps naturally kill bacteria.

Due to its limited oxidation in harsh environments relative to iron and copper, brass has a tradition of use in maritime industries. Before stainless steel was invented in the early 20th century, brass was the primary metal in all things nautical.

Solid Brass Jewelry is known as an “allergy-free or allergy friendly” metal for people who are allergic to the widely used nickel in jewelry. Brass is used in many musical instruments as well such as cymbals,  guitar strings, and the entire brass section of the orchestra.  Like bronze, brass has a rich tonal quality that resonates well.

So brass has its uses for the sheer beauty of it in its various incarnations, but there are often practical and historical considerations at play as well.

Discover Nickel Silver / German Nickel For Your Project

Sample Comparison Texas Lightsmith

Initially developed in the East, nickel silver, commonly referred to as German nickel, was being produced sometime in the 16th century in Western Europe and was in regular use by the 18th century. Used for jewelry primarily, nickel silver found its way into coins, musical instruments, model railroad tracks, and items to be electroplated with silver, among others. At Texas Lightsmith, we have been using nickel silver for over 20 years in the production of range hoods, sinks, and countertops.

Nickel silver is a very tough material due to its nickel content. It is much less prone to denting and scratching than zinc or pewter as well as being less reactive. Thus, for items such as countertops, sinks, backsplashes, and range hoods, it is a superior material.

Nickel silver is an alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel. In appearance, it has a subtle warm silver color naturally that is very apparent when contrasted to stainless steel, pure zinc, or pewter. This alloy will oxidize, though not as readily as copper and other copper alloys and can achieve a lovely range of patinas including a range of graphite greys to black and even some degree of verdigris.

At Texas Lightsmith we use solid nickel silver instead of a copper plated with nickel silver to give your artisan projects superior durability to last for years to come.

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