How to Age Brass

How to Age Brass. It’s possible to mimic the surface oxidation of antique brass objects by using the following techniques..


How to Age Brass. It’s possible to mimic the surface oxidation
of antique brass objects by using the following techniques. You will need Protective gear Brass object
Acetone Paintbrush Hot water Vinegar Salt water Heat source Commercial aging product
Large plastic bag Rag Ammonia and expert (optional). 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 from the surface of the
object by applying acetone with a brush. Rinse off the acetone with hot water. 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 over the entire
surface of the object using the paintbrush. Both liquids oxidize the brass. Step 3. Apply heat or a flame to the object, which
causes the brass object to take on an aged appearance relatively quickly. 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. 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. 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.

57 thoughts on “How to Age Brass”

  1. If you have a commercial brass/metal darkening solution, there is absolutely no point in acquiring all the other materials on this huge list. The commercial solution works better and with more predictability than any of the home brew methods.

  2. You'll also NEED: 

    A warehouse
    A kilo of Cocaine
    A Unicorn
    A Flux Capacitor
    A Freaking Clue and some patience.

  3. Ammonia is giving much black effect, so while covering in plastic bag need to be taken care for particular timing for control the effect.

  4. Oops.  I just viewed the video again and see "over the counter aging product"  is on the list of things to need.  Still, what is an "aging product?"

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