Metalwork in Sheffield

Glossary - Metalwork Films

This glossary provides useful technical terms to refer to when watching the  video interviews   with Sheffield metalworkers.

  • Acetylene: A colourless gaseous flammable hydrocarbon used in welding and in manufacturing chemicals

  • Aesthetics: A particular idea of what is beautiful or artistic

  • Aluminium: A metallic element that is malleable and resistant to corrosion

  • Braze: To make something out of brass or decorate something with brass. To join two pieces of metal together with a solder

  • Britannia Silver: Fine quality silver made of 95.8% silver

  • Casting: The making of a solid object by pouring molten metal, glass, or plastic into a mould and allowing it to cool

  • Chasing: To decorate metal or glass by engraving or embossing

  • Chequering: To mark something with a chequer pattern or with alternating areas of light and shade

  • Engraving: Cutting or etching images into a hard surface

  • File: A metal tool used to smooth down or wear away wood or metal

  • Flux: A substance that helps to bind two substances or surfaces together, like soldering or welding

  • Gilt: A layer of gold, or something that looks like gold, put on a surface

  • Hacksaw: A handsaw used for cutting metal

  • Ionised: A process in which an atom or molecule loses or gains electrons

  • Knots: A unit of measurement for the speed at which a ship or aircraft travels

  • Maltese Cross: Cross with inward-pointing arms that taper towards the centre

  • Mild Steel: A strong steel containing a low proportion of carbon

  • Mother of Pearl: H ard pearly internal layer of shells used for decoration

  • Oxyacetylene: A mixture of oxygen and acetylene used to produce an extremely hot flame for cutting and welding metal

  • Platinum: A precious silvery-white metallic element, highly resistant to chemicals and heat, used in jewellery and chemically as a catalyst in electroplating

  • Printing Surface: A plate, block, or other hard surface on which an image has been engraved for printing

  • Subsidised:  To contribute money to somebody or something to help it continue to function

  • Scrimshaw:  C arved item made from the teeth and bones of whales

  • Stainless Steel:  T ype of steel with many domestic and industrial uses

  • Tempered: When something is h ardened through a tempering process

  • Vice:  A tool with two jaws that close by a lever or screw that is used to hold an object still

  • Weld:  To join together pieces or parts of some material by heating, hammering, or using other pressure

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