Science: Tin Can Cellini

Pipe-sucking Oscar Bruno Bach began his career in Germany. At the age of 18 he made a wrought-metal Bible cover for Pope Leo XIII. He came to America 26 years ago, set up shop in Manhattan as a metal craftsman and industrial designer. Turning out Renaissance church doors, table lamps, fruit bowls, salt shakers and a streamlined typewriter, he inspired publicity agents to call him "the American Cellini."

Last year Oscar Bach announced he had hit upon a process for coloring tough, corrosion-resistant 18-8 (18% chromium, 8% nickel) stainless steel. In the Bachite process,...

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