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You Will Need
- Protective gear
- Brass object
- Hot water
- Salt water
- Heat source
- Commercial aging product
- Large plastic bag
- Expert (optional)
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.
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.
Apply heat or a flame to the object, which causes the brass object to take on an aged appearance relatively quickly.
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.
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.