A closer look at copper tubes

As professionals in the art of altering tubes, we provide a large number of specialist services. With them we can make your utensils suitable for use. One of the methods we use is tube swaging. It can change the shape of the interior while keeping the exterior circular or expand the inner diameter.

Tube swagingWhen construction comes to mind, steel tends to be the first metal we think of. There is no denying that it can play a pivotal role in the stability of a structure. It functions as reinforcement for beams and columns or can be an entire framework. However, it is not the sole metal responsible for successes in this industry. There are various others, many of which are copper alloys. We see them when we take the stairs, have showers, and come back home.

It is all about the secondary content

The designations of copper alloys are decided by their secondary content. It is the same for their families. In total, five major families of copper exist. Each one comes with their own principal inclusion. Before making any purchases of tubes, you need to know about all these options. It also pays to know about their uses.


The oldest of the copper alloys is bronze. It contains tin and copper. A small amount of other metals are also introduced to create separate variations. This enables them to cater for many uses. For example, you can use phosphor bronze for welding rods and fasteners. You can even use bronze for household fixtures and furniture. If you are after the best tube swaging in the UK, especially for bronze tubes, contact our team today.


Next up is brass. When you substitute tin for zinc as the copper’s secondary alloying content, you get brass. This is a gold-like alloy that is available in all sorts of forms. This includes rods and tubes for railings and fixtures. Similar to bronze, you can generate separate forms of brass by introducing different metals into the alloy.

Copper nickels

With copper nickels, they have a high tarnish and corrosion resistance. As a result, they are perfect for coinage and tubing. People like to use the material for tubes primarily for its resistance to seawater and brine water.

Nickel silvers

Finally, there are the nickel silvers. People typically mistake these copper alloys for brasses. This is because both of them have some of the same characteristics. The only distinction would be the former’s silvery white, warm colour. This is why we call it white silver.

Consider using our tube swaging

At Multiform Tubes, we work with tubes of all sorts of materials in addition to copper. They include mild steel, food grade stainless steel, and titanium. Rest assured that each one is suitable for manipulation.

If you require our tube swaging services, please get in touch. We will give you the best results.