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How To Age Brass

Watch more Great Craft Ideas videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Produce an artificial patina on brass. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning If you use chemicals to age brass, wear gloves that completely cover your hands, and safety glasses. Work in a well-ventilated room. Step 1: Remove any varnish Remove any varnish from the surface of the object by applying acetone with a brush. Rinse off the acetone with hot water. Tip If you are not sure the object is made of brass -- bronze and copper look similar -- take it to an expert for an evaluation. Aging treatments that work for brass may damage other materials. Step 2: Brush vinegar or salt water on the surface Brush vinegar or salt water over the entire surface of the object using the paintbrush. Both liquids oxidize the brass. Step 3: Apply heat Apply heat or a flame to the object, which causes the brass object to take on an aged appearance relatively quickly. Warning Brass is often coated with lacquer. Be sure that all lacquer has been removed from the object before subjecting it to flame because lacquer is flammable. Step 4: Use a commercial aging product Apply an over-the-counter aging product, though it may leave a color deposit on the object's surface that wears off easily during normal use. Step 5: Use ammonia Place the object in a large plastic bag next to a rag soaked in ammonia. Ammonia vapor produces a greenish-brown oxide finish on brass, close in color to a natural patina. Did You Know? Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.
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