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Walnut1771
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:11 pm    Post subject: aging brass Reply with quote

Just wondering if any of my fellow history buffs know how to antique brass to achieve a natural looking patina. I've heard to use a pickle or pickle juice, but haven't had the chance to try it. I'd appreciate any ideas. Thanks

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dirty fouling patch
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Capt. James is right. I've also heard of a method akin to that, in that you take a bit of blackpowder, use some water to make a sludge, and then kind of buff your brass with it. Don't forget, however, that they had new brass in the 18th century, too! Time and use will get you a patina, too.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks folks, I'll try the b.p. and see. Yes, I know that brass was once shiny when new. I'm trying to match a knife guard that I cut down, never did understand why some are so large, makes 'em clumsy and hard to choke up on.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Aging brass Reply with quote

I've used ketchup I think the vinegar oxidizes it. What I use is Oxfo blue, the same thing you use to blue rifle barrels...Eric
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best results I've had are from fuming the piece with ammonia vapor.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quartermaster James wrote:
Best results I've had are from fuming the piece with ammonia vapor.


Works super and I use that a lot in the shop. Care must be taken though as it can ruin the structural integrity of some cast parts.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the info. folks. It is much appreciated. Watch you top knot.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe Dixie Gun Works sells a product called brass black. I know this is an old post but maybe someone else would like to know this.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heat it in boiling water. pull it out and brush on birchwood casey brass black. keep appyling as it will dry fast. when it is all covered and black let it cool and rub it down with a soft cloth with oil. youll get a reddish black motatled effect. did several patch boxes and furniture that way
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe an oil is used to prevent iron rust. What kind of oil shall be used?

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