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Description

Niobium is a lustrous, gray metal with low toxicity (so low that it is safe even for those with extreme sensitivities to metal jewelry) and virtually no susceptibility to tarnish. Its unique properties as a reactive metal cause niobium to take on a controllable, repeatable range of colors when exposed to various voltages in an electrically charged bath, a process called anodizaton. The colors produced will not rust and cannot be rubbed off, although, over time, its luster may dull somewhat.
Niobium is very slow to work-harden and is remarkably easy to work with. Cut with a jeweler's saw, hand-form, dap, chase or forge the metal easily. In cold working (rolling, forming, etc.), niobium can be reduced as much as 90% before requiring annealing.
This pre-cut sheet measures 6" x 1".


Specifications:
  • Metal type : Niobium
  • Hardness : Soft
  • Form : Sheet
  • Dimensions : .010" (0.26mm)
  • Gauge/thickness : 30 ga.
  • Metal color : White
  • Country of origin : China

Please Note: • This metal is Type 2 niobium--an unalloyed, high-quality commercial-grade material.
• All fabrication work on your jewelry design should be completed before anodizing to protect the final finish.
• Anodized niobium products should be treated gently. Clean the metal with soapy water and dry with a soft, dry towel. Wrap tool tips with tape to prevent marring.
• We strive to measure quantities ordered as closely as possible; however, due to manufacturing tolerances at the mill, please allow for a ±10% variance when ordering.
• Rio Grande proudly offers this product in partnership with Reactive Metals Studio, Inc.

Catalog page: 2018-2019 Tools and Equipment Catalog p.776