How do you make brass look antique
Strip any lacquer or other coating from the brass by brushing paint stripper all over the piece. Hope you can get it started soon.
If none of those natural methods suit you, then you may try rubbing your brass piece with your hands the oilier the betterand then letting it sit in a location with good air circulation. A natural patina will form over time days or weeks. Other brass aging methods which also have their proponents include using a generous coating of yogurt, lemon juice, lye gives a purple, green and dark brown patinaor even gun bluing.
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Whatever method you decide to try, after the brass has the patina you want and has dried thoroughly, a coat or two of varnish or matte lacquer sealant will help maintain the color you worked so hard to achieve. Otherwise, the patina will continue to develop as the brass is exposed to oxygen in the air.
Remember to seal the front and the back of the piece. A footnote from a recent experience -- I was using white wine vinegar and salt on a look of pieces of what How thought was copper; that particular make changed the metal to a green finish within mere minutes. If I had rinsed the piece when it had reached the desired color, it would have been fine, but after several hours the metal had changed to many odd colors including pink.
I could speculate antique the actual metal content of the piece, but on a brass try, I then discovered how to to stop the process and keep the finish. Sprinkle dry baking soda on it, rinse it carefully, then pat it dry without wiping; this stops the development and you the metal dries, you will still have a nice verdigris on the metal at least I did and the acidity will be neutralized.
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Making Shiny Brass Look Older
About Me Dream Steam I began my handmade journey many years ago working with stained glass. One day inI decided that I wanted to make works of steampunk stained glass I enjoy experimenting with techniques and materials to create unique and fanciful things, which is why my jewelry ranges from pocket watches to hand hammered metal bracelets and rings, to resin pendants. View my complete profile. Follow this Blog by Email. Shiny, new, gleaming brass looks great on a fire engine, not so great on your doorknobs, drawer pulls or wall sconces.
The patina of age enriches the look of brass so it's not so, well, brassy.
You can antique that new hardware or the lucky-find flea market chandelier in an afternoon with a few chemicals and a bit of scrubbing. Chemicals is the key word for this project — plan a well-ventilated work space and protect yourself from the fumes. Remove the brass item from its furniture or wall mounting and set it on a protected surface in a well-ventilated area.
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Wipe off any dust and try the magnet test to be sure you are faux aging real brass and not destroying a brass plate finish. Just hold a magnet near the piece — if the magnet sticks, you don't have solid brass. Scrub the brass with fine steel wool to remove any remaining coating.
Watch for a paler tone, which indicates that the spot is free of lacquer. Wipe with a dry rag to remove any debris.
Wearing protective gloves and eyewear, use a foam brush to coat the exposed brass with darkener. You should see the surface start to change within 10 seconds. If there are spots that are not shaded to your liking, scrub with steel wool and reapply. Skip to main content. Use rot-resistant planks and a salvaged window to build a protective box that extends the growing season. I poured it in a plastic container to soak the drawer pulls in.
Place it next to your kitchen sink so that as soon as you start to see the finish get all gummy, you can rinse it off under water. You may have to dip it in again to make sure all the lacquer is removed. It only takes a minute.
To lessen the aged effect — rub steel wool over the brass while it is still wet. If you remove too much — re-dip in Brass Ager and repeat rubbing with steel wool until you get the desired amount of aging. Make sure that you fill the container with enough Brass Ager to completely cover the pulls to get even coverage. I removed just enough of the aged color to tone the brass down a bit, but not as bright as they were before. They will naturally age and get darker from now on, since I removed the lacquer. Remove any lacquer or varnish using the acetone nail polish remover then clean the piece.
Dip the item into boiling water and let it boil for a few seconds. When the piece is cool enough to handle, clean it by wiping it all over with a clean dry cloth. Soak your item for 1 hour in a mixture of vinegar and salt. Soak the hot item in the vinegar solution until you are pleased with the color.
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I also have a post on how I updated shiny brass lamps using antique technique. You will find it in this post: The next step is to make the labels for the drawer pulls. Using my word processor, I printed out the names for each label. I traced around the rectangular part of the pull to figure out the size I would need. I set the font to Engravers MT -size to 22 pts. I printed out the names for each on white card stock. I cut a make of acetate from the top lid of a box of notecards to act as clear protective covers for each label. Then placed both into the drawer pull.
I would like to polish the church chalice but my problem is there is a thin layer of clear coating on the gold plated surface. How to remove the clear coating without damaging the gold plating? Hi Vincent — Use acetone or nail polish remover to remove the lacquer. It will come off right away. Once it is off, wash the chalice and then polish. You though that once the lacquer is off you will need to look it more frequently to keep it shiny.
I have read you ideas for brass drawer pulls etc…. This is a bad idea if you want to ruin antiques. Messing with the old brass patina will devalue a how considerably.
I am hoping it will go very flat and look like a much older instrument. Thank you, thank you for the info for darkening brass drawer pulls! I have an antique walnut sideboard that someone replaced the drawer pulls with very bright, brass ones.
Used your method and it darkened to perfect aged color very quickly.
Hi Karen — The Brass Ager is a pretty cool product. It has been over two years since I did my brass pulls and I did not use lacquer or any type of sealer over them. They have stayed the same color. I have a very large curio all shiny brass and glass.
If I follow your directions, is there a way you know of to make it a little vertigras? Hi Jan — I added the directions to the post on how to turn the brass into a greenish verdigris. I have a similar question as the commenter above — would this work on brass plating?