Common Materials Used in Metal Wall Art

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Types of Sheet Metal Typically Used in Metal Wall Art
by Eric Waddington
With an artistic mind and deep roots in both metallurgical engineering and creative design, Nicholas Yust finds himself constantly testing, experimenting, and incorporating new materials into his artwork.  Although some of his works include components of acrylic, wood, fiberglas, mesh, and other materials, his specialty has always been metal.  Aluminum is his preferred substrate for the bulk of his artwork, however in many of his designs you will find some combination of the following materials: 

316 Stainless Steel
6062-T6 Aluminum
5052-H32 Aluminum
C220 Cosmetic Bronze
24oz Cosmetic Copper
Mild Steel

Aluminum vs. Steel - Which is Better for Metal Art?
As I mentioned, aluminum has always been Nicholas' metal of choice for most designs - he generally uses industrial or aerospace-grade aluminum sheet, which is very durable and weather-resistant even without a clear coat.  In addition to that, Nicholas prefers it for a more artistic reason - the metal has more of a white undertone (rather than the grays and blues more common in steel) which comes through much more vibrantly when a grind pattern is applied.  The contrast is more effective and the reflectivity is more brilliant.  To the untrained eye the differences may be small, but in the world of fine metal art it is very reasonable to have an opinion on the matter! 
That being said, there are other traits that steel has which aluminum does not - steel can produce very beautiful, rich colors when it is super-heated using a handheld torch.  Aluminum does not have these same properties, so in any of our heat-tinted designs we will use steel over aluminum, or copper for a different look entirely.
Due to some inexpensive, mass-produced products that use aluminum (soda cans, foil, siding, etc) it can have a bit of a negative (or less-presitgeous) connotation with it when compared to steel, however automobile-grade and aerospace-grade aluminums are exceptionally high quality and are, in most cases, preferred over steel applications.  

Copper, Bronze & Brass Used in Artwork
Copper and bronze are very beautiful metals, and are extremely important for certain designs in Nicholas' gallery.  They have a very classy, upscale appearance which, when used properly, have a way of fusing the old world with new contemporary style.  In addition to their natural state, they also produce magnificent coloring when torched or super-heated, like steel does.  Also, for classical, earth-tones, western, or rustic style artwork and decor, different types and finishes of bronze, copper and brass are typically more relevant than a crisp aluminum or steel.

Directory of Metals

Samples of the Types & Grades of Metal Commonly Used in Wall Art
Below are some samples or swatches of various types of metals that are typically used to create metal artwork.  Nicholas Yust uses many of these in different grades and finishes.  Really the best way to determine what type of metal to use in your artwork is to get a variety of samples and just experiment.  Different materials will react different to bends, grinds, torches, cuts, paints, acid treatments, etc - so if you truly are an artist at heart or just want to know more about the inner-workings of fine metal art, just take a stack of sheet metal to your garage and start experimenting!  Of course you will want to be somewhat conservative, keeping in mind some fo the steps we take to keep our processes "Green" or eco-friendly when making metal art.
See more metal information at MetalPass.com.


Aluminum: Durable, Weather-resistant Metal


Bead-Blasted Stainless Steel: Matte, Textured Surface


Brass: Copper/Zinc Alloy


Bronze: Nice Warm Coloring


Copper: Raw, Patina & Torched/Heat-tints


Dark Bronze: Earth-tones, Brown Coloring


Nickel: Ferro-Magnetic, Silvery-Shiny Metallic Element


Stainless Steel: Sleek, Pure Metal & Torched/Heat-Tints


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