metals

metalworking, n.

according to the Oxford English Dictionary is:

The art, craft, or industrial activity of working in metal.

I work in mostly silver and copper.

Silver trivia

  • Silver’s element symbol Ag, is from the Latin word argentum meaning silver.
  • In many cultures, and some alchemical texts, silver was associated with the Moon while gold was associated with the Sun.
  • Silver has the highest electrical conductivity, and the highest thermal conductivity of all metals.
  • Silver is considered one of the noble metals.
  • Silver is slightly harder (less malleable) than gold.
  • Silver ions and silver compounds are toxic to many types of bacteria, algae and fungi. Silver coins used to be stored in containers of water and wine to prevent spoiling.
  • Silver has a long and elegant history, and is used in many other capacities besides jewelry.

Copper trivia

  • Copper’s element symbol is Cu, from the Latin word cyprium, after the island of Cyprus, where Romans obtained their copper
  • Copper is man’s oldest metal, dating back more than 10,000 years and since that time has been used in cookware and in farming implements
  • Copper has been used for centuries to cover the hulls of ships for protection
  • Copper is used in some surgical instruments due to its high electrical conductivity which can heat to a self-cauterizing temperature.
  • Since 1982, the U.S penny only contains 2.6% copper. The U.S. nickel contains 75% copper, and the dime, quarter, and half dollar coins contain 91.67% copper
  • Copper is known to stimulate the immune system, help repair injured tissues, and promote healing
  • According to the Bible, Moses wrapped a brass serpent around a pole to help cure Jewish people who had been bitten by deadly snakes (Numbers 21:4-9). A rendition of this image is now the logo for the American Medical Association

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