METAL in sign language

What is the sign for 'metal' in American Sign Language (ASL)?

Definition: a solid material that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g., iron, gold, silver, copper, and aluminum, and alloys such as brass and steel).

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant clawed "1" hand, palm facing the signer's face, tip of the forefinger taps twice on the chin or lips.

Related words

The heavy metal fans thrashed in front of the exhibition. They threw wild elbows and shoved one another to get to the front where they could see their favorite heavy metal show. It was a vein of pure GOLD ore running through the soft rock called QUARTZ. Heavy metal fanatics go nuts for STEEL. That stuff is super heavy and has lots of IRON. They like SILVER just fine too, but silver doesn't have that same golden glow. COPPER isn't worth a penny to them nor BRONZE, but they'd gladly take a NICKEL back. ALUMINUM is not heavy enough, but it's also very mainstream. The real heavy metal fans go gaga for PLATINUM. That's where a true heavy metal fan is forged. If you were to ask a heavy metal fan why they like these materials so much, their reply would almost certainly be, "This stuff ROCKS!"

Lone related words: WIRE.

Deaf/Sign Language Art

Wireart in ASL writing
"Jolanta" in ASL writing via steel+copper wire by Jolanta Lapiak, 2017
Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for METAL

Written ASL digit for "METAL" contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2018.

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