Can these metals be blended?

That is, iron, brass, gold and silver, to make a huge bell. There's a
Chinese story from the 15th century in which it cannot be done
until.......The story is called "The Voice of the Bell." See here - it
has more than one name.
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Supposedly, it took place in 1420 or so! Though it's also written,
somewhere, that the bell had to be replaced in 1924. Another strange
thing is that from what I've been able to find out, Ko-Ngai is hardly a
Chinese name.
Anyway, I wondered if maybe it wouldn't really have been that hard even
back then, in which case the motives for the tragedy were probably
completely different.
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The Chinese were smelting metallic zinc far earlier than the West (certainly by the 17th century it was a well-established process) but did they use brass as an alloy, rather than bronze ?
It's also unlikely that iron and gold would be alloyed, for "alchemical" reasons. There's no engineering reason to do it (as modern metallurgists would see it) and Chinese tradition regarded gold as a "high" metal and iron as a "lowly" metal, which it wouldn't be seemly to mix,
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Aristotle speaks of metal from the earth - and "Men say that the copper of Mossynoeci is very brilliant and white, no tin being mixed with it; but there is a kind of earth there which is melted with it. Page 410 mid page - "Georgius Agricola De Re Metallica" translated from the first Latin version of 1556. Neat book.
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