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Re: How to "blacken" old brass?

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-75.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 9/16/3 03:29

In Response To: How to "blacken" old brass? (Mike Ray)

We use pure ammonia to darken brass, but care must be taken on thinly plated items. The longer the exposure the darker the effect. Any ammonia will work it may only take a little longer. Put the items into a big pickle jar or upside down aquarium, next place a small amount of ammonia in a babyfood jar, taking care not to be exposed to the fumes when using the pure form, place inside the containment and remove the lid. Cover the containment and watch till you see the darkness you like, remove and rinse the brass, coat with clear lacquer to hold the color. If nothing happens the brass probably has a finish already and will need to be stripped first.

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