FAbricating with Bronze sheet- Silicon or something cheaper?

Hi.
I'm new to this site and finding it very helpful.
I'm working on a sculpture with a fabricated bronze element (tig welded) that will be welded to a cast section- most likely Everdur
The prices of Si Bronze (C655) from Atlas (the only supplier I can find) are a lot higher than Commercial bronze (C220) which I can find closer to home (Upstate NY).
I know Silicon bronze is the best material- but has anyone had experience welding and patinaing other alloys- 1/16"to 1/8". (I'll use a standard dark patina)
I 'm a pretty good welder and have plenty of past experience with welding cast bronze . Definitely want to minimize lead (and zinc) exposure. Is there a way to save money with out risking too much or do I bite the bullet and order from Atlas?


Rich Waugh's picture

For TIG welded work I'd

For TIG welded work I'd stick with the silicon bronze (C65500) - the initial cost may be high but the labor savings and color match make it up in the end. You could try AtlasBronze in New Jersey as an alternate supplier.

Rich