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Will a magnet stick to brass?

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Magnets do not stick to brass, as brass is not a ferrous metal. A ferrous metal contains small proportions of iron. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc mixed in varying proportions. At no stage in its preparation is iron mixed in the alloy.

Pure brass is lustrous and has the color of gold. The color of brass may vary depending upon the amount of copper it contains. When brass is electroplated over other ferrous metals, it becomes magnetic. In such cases, the magnetic property is due to the other ferrous metal and not due to brass.

Brass has been in use for centuries. The alloy was made even before iron was discovered. It is used to make door handles, door knobs, imitation jewelry, electrical fixtures, statutes and various other decorative items.


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