Copper casting used to be a much more common practice. It was often encouraged for newer parents to have their children’s first shoes cast in copper or some comparable material such as bronze. It was more of a vanity thing though, but it was widely practiced enough that we have now started to notice a shortage in copper. For this reason, copper casting is no longer so widely practiced. Many people do casting of all kinds. Recently a certain famous couple of stars even decided to cast their baby’s excrement in a certain metal. Copper casting is still pretty well practiced in the art world but only useful items are cast these days, not things that might be deemed wasteful. We really need to be able to buckle down and decide what things we must cast and hat thongs can wait. There are things our world needs copper for that can’t easily be done by other metals. By the same token, there are things that we use copper for all of the time that we could just as easily use any other metal for. This is why we need to get our priorities straight.
Copper is an attractive metal, let’s just set that down on the table as a fact. People like to use it because they like the way it looks. It is a useful metal for sure, but predominately the only reason that we use it anymore is because it is attractive. This did not used to be true for everything though. We used to use it because it was once a very common metal. We had so much of it that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves. So we used it on whatever we saw fit as a design choice and as just a practical choice because that’s what we happened to have on hand. After its ductile properties were discovered though, we began using it in electronics and that’s when the crisis began. Now we have plenty of working electronics, but we need copper to make more because many of them rely fully on copper. Unfortunately we’ve used up so much that the only copper left is in small mining deposits and the copper that we’ve already used. Now it is time to be conservative and before casting think to ourselves, does this really need to be made out of copper, or can I use something else. This crisis must be averted, not fed.
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