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« on: July 10, 2009, 08:20:16 am »

new here, hi everyone!

read one of the stickys and it said this was the place to learn how to give piping a nice patina. i was wondering--does anyone have a way to give wood and/or brass a nice patina? not just "aged" but "nicely" aged?

Mr. Hatchett
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 02:42:32 pm »

For brass, I usually gently buff off the lacquer with a very fine steel wool, and then leave the piece on the counter in the bathroom for a day or two.  The steam from a couple of hot showers with our city water gives brass a coat of tarnish five years of dusty neglect would envy.  I've also heard urine from a lot of reliable sources over the past ten or fifteen years.  A thin spray of saltwater has also been recommended here by a few users, if you're hesitant to pee on your work.

For wood I've heard a couple of tricks, but I haven't tried many myself.  Someone here recently suggested rubbing the item down with fine graphite powder.  I got a nice effect on some red oak with fine steel wool and lanolin, but the piece broke before I finished it so I can't say as to how well it stands up to use.
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