Unicorns and Alloys

Unicorns and Alloys

Article By Sybrina Durant

Magical Elements of the Periodic Table Presented Alphabetically By The Metal Horn Unicorns is a middle grade book that explores elements of the periodic table and their unique characteristics. Each element is accompanied by an introduction from an elemental unicorn, and all but one are made up of pure elements. The lone exception is brass, an alloy, which forms when two or more elements are combined to create enhanced chemical properties. This book is sure to provide an enlightening learning experience for readers!

The unicorns featured in this book are inspired by metal-horned ones found in the Journey To Osm collection of books. Among these is Cornum of the Brass Horn: a mix of his father’s zinc horn and mother’s copper horn, he creates quite the contrast with his brassy personality and trumpet-shaped headpiece. The tip of his horn produces sounds just like any other wind instrument, sometimes sweet and soothing, other times so sour they make the other unicorns cringe. Whether melody or dissonance, the unique trill of Cornum’s brass horn is always present.

Brass is a common material used in making musical instruments, particularly trumpets. Yellow brass produces a vibrant, focused sound while gold brass has a deeper and fuller tone. Red brass offers the softest sound quality. With the right combination of these types of brass, musicians can craft an instrument capable of producing unique timbres that suit their needs.

Brass been used in various forms as far back as 2000 years ago. Ancient Greeks and Romans created brass by heating calamine ore, a zinc-containing mineral, to temperatures capable of reducing the zinc into metallic form. The result is a glowing golden metal with unique properties that have made it an essential material for many industries throughout history.

Brass is a non-ferrous metal and doesn’t corrode with use. Its electrical conductivity makes it unsuitable for many purposes; however, its ductility and superior resistance to magnetic fields make it especially useful in certain applications. The grade of brass will determine its level of malleability – being able to bend or shape into different forms without cracking or breaking.

Brass is an alloy made from two different metals, but it’s possible to combine one metal and one non-metal for the same purpose. For example, cast iron consists of a metallic element called iron mixed with a non-metal element known as carbon. The periodic table holds 118 pure elements, however there are even more intriguing alloys. Wikipedia boasts a considerable collection of hundreds of named alloys, though that list certainly isn’t all-encompassing.

In addition to alloys, chemists have created millions of compounds out of pure elements. These substances are formed when two or more atoms or molecules chemically combine. Usually they contain at least two different types of elements, one commonly being non-metallic. Examples include Fluorocarbon – found in waterproofing products, lubricants and sealants; Sodium Fluoride – used as a drinking water additive and toothpaste component; Potassium Iodide – an absorbent for radioactive iodine; Calcium Bromate -used in bread dough or flour conditioners; and the most important of all – H2O. That’s right: water is a compound that consists of Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms paired together!

The Magical Elements of the Periodic Table Presented Alphabetically by the Metal Horn Unicorns is an innovative book that sparks kids’ interest in chemistry and science. Arranged alphabetically, each page features an element, as well as special pages for alloys and compounds. The included unicorn-themed periodic table makes it even more fun! Purchase this book today to give your child an introduction to the interesting and exciting world of chemistry.


Sybrina Durant is a unicorn author/entrepreneur. In addition to books, she offers unicorn-themed activities, t-shirts and more. Plus, she has pulled together a collection of nearly all the unicorn books available today from hundreds of authors. They are categorized on her website by Little Kid, Middle Kid and Teen Unicorn Books.

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