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From: (Don Wilkins)
Newsgroups: rec.crafts.metalworking
Subject: Re: Coloured metals.
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 12:36:43 GMT

On 20 Apr 1999 21:45:44 -0400, <> wrote:

>DoN. Nichols <> wrote:
>: In article <>,
>: G. Louis Roberts <> wrote:
>:>gold and (believe it or not) _aluminum_ yield a bright purple alloy,
>: 	Yes -- infamous as the "Purple Plague" in semiconductor
>: manufacturing.  They used to use ultrasonically welded gold wire on
>: aluminum metalization.  The result was eventually the purple color and
>: failing ICs. :-)
>: 	Enjoy,
>: 		DoN.
>Now, the only question is, is the colour due to an oxide film, or is
>it native.
>One way to find out I gues..

Roberts-Austen's purple gold. 79%Au-21%Al. Melting point ~750 C.

We used to make purple pennies by forming a Sb-Cu inter metallic
compound on the surface.

The original question was colored (spelling corrected ;-)) metals so
these might be considered cheating.

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