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Brass rubbings are created by laying a sheet of special paper on top of a brass etching or engraving and rubbing the paper with a graphite pencil, piece of wax, or chalk, thus creating a decorative replica.
The popular pastime of Brass Rubbing came into existence during the 17th century and is still popular today, as a major tourist attraction in England today.
Rubbings can be taken anywhere. Personally owned items may be copied in your own home, where as privately owned items have to be copied on location. These are normally found in churches, cathedrals and places of historical interest (castles).
There is no age restriction to this activity. many children succumb to the interest by taking a simple rubbing of a coin, the result is striking.
No special abilities are required to enjoy this pastime, although patience and practise will improve your results. Permission to take a copy (rubbing) of a memorial must always be obtained before starting a rubbing.
Originally brass rubbing was the only way of recording accurately a memorial, and was easily achieved. Even today using the latest photography equipment, results on a worn memorial do not match the results of a well taken rubbing. The finish of a rubbing is quite unique. When taking a rubbing, respect for the item and of the surroundings must be shown at all times.
The only potential to be gained from taking Brass rubbings, is either as a record of an historical fact, event or person. Or of creating a decorative wall hanging for the home.
The materials involved in taking brass rubbings cost very little, and are widely available. Some owners of brasses do now make a charge to those wishing to take copies, normally a nominal charge than varies depending on the popularity of the subject chosen.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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