How do metallic bonds account for the properties of most metals?
What are the properties of metals..?
All of these properties may be rationalized on the basis of our view of metallic bonding, which is typically described as
The metal atoms, formally metal cations, can move with respect to each other without disrupting the interparticle force of attraction... demonstrably so given that such metal films are STILL conductive. And thus the metal can be hammered out into a sheet. You use aluminum foil in the kitchen for several purposes. Craftsmen may use gold foil, which (for the purposes of gilding and decoration) is MUCH thinner than the aluminum foil.