This section is from the "Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas Recipes Processes" encyclopedia, by Norman W. Henley and others.
Copper, 52 parts; nickel, 30 parts; zinc, 12 parts; lead, 5 parts; bismuth, 1 part. For metallic mirrors, lamp reflectors, etc.
See Phosphor Bronze under this title.
The formulas given below contain a large percentage of lead, which greatly improves the patina. The ingredients and the ratio of their parts for several sorts of modern Japanese bronze follow:
Copper, 81.62 per cent; tin, 4.61 per cent; lead, 10.21 per cent.
Copper, 76.60 per cent; tin, 4.38 per cent; lead, 11.88 per cent; zinc, 6.53 per cent.
Copper, 88.55 per cent; tin, 2.42 per cent; lead, 4.72 per cent; zinc, 3.20 per cent.
Sometimes a little antimony is added just before casting, and such a composition would be represented more nearly by this formula:
Copper, 68.25 per cent; tin, 5.47 per cent; zinc, 8.88 per cent; lead, 17.06 per cent; antimony, 0.34 per cent.
For imitation Japanese bronze, see Plating under Bronzing.
Copper, 89 per cent; tin, 11 per cent.
Copper, 80 per cent; tin, 16 per cent.