This March, LET’S LEARN ABOUT…Bronze!
What is bronze?
“Bronze” isn’t just the name of a medal given to people in third place. It’s also a versatile metal (a mixture of copper and tin) that has been used across different cultures to make useful objects for thousands of years.
Naturally a yellowish brown, it turns green as it is exposed to oxygen over time, giving old bronze objects what is called a “patina”. In the ancient past, bronze objects were mostly owned by the wealthy and powerful because they were both beautiful and functional.
Properties and uses
Bronze is harder and stronger than copper and does not break easily. It is also resistant to rust, unlike iron, which later replaced the use of bronze in many parts of the world because it was stronger, lighter, and cheaper to produce.
About 3000 years ago in ancient China, bronze was used to make vessels for storing food and wine offered to the ancestors, as well as to make statues and weapons.
Do you see bronze objects in your daily life? Besides medals and trophies, instruments such as cymbals and bells are made of bronze, as are some guitar and piano strings.