Not machining but material related.
As we all know, brass costs have gotten totally out of hand. I have been considering alternatives that would look like brass.
About a month ago, I bought a Harbor Freight powder coating system, $60 with coupon. My main idea was to powdercoat the metal pieces of the tripod when the time comes, probably in black. Well, I got to looking and there are 6500 colors/types available from just one vendor (prismatic powders). They have a "tinted" clearcoat brass that is intended to go either over a chrome color base OR bare polished metal. I ordered some and today gave it a try.
I took a scrap of aluminum about 1x4 , polished it up and coated it. After the usual baking at 400 deg I was amazed at how much it looks like brass. How close does it look?????? The aluminum coated piece laid up against my real brass housing matches about as identical as you could ask for !! Its amazing !! I would say that with real and a coated piece on the table in front of you, standing, you couldn't tell which is which.
I am inside now but will try and get some pics tomorrow. Don't know how well pics will do justice to such comparisions but will give it a try.
Here is a link to the product. https://www.prismati...ASABEgLKe_D_BwE
AND a couple pictures from their website that I would say is a real good representation.