Jan 232012
 

How to antique brass..

That site is great if you have brass eyelets that are just too shiny for your project.  I string them onto a wire, and use vinegar to darken them.  That’s what I did for Naomi’s eyelets on her corset.

The ones here are a bit too dark… no problem though.  Rubbing them with an eraser will lighten ’em up!

Unfortunately I need more done for her boots and hat.  I found out the hard way that not all “brass” eyelets are actually brass.  They are tin or something that’s been plated with brass, and that brass can be rubbed off.  Oops…

 

EDIT:

This method worked great!  And in minutes compared to the hours I spent on the other eyelets!

http://www.woodmagazine.com/materials-guide/finishes/instant-patina-for-brass/

What I did was string the eyelets on a wire, then attached the wire to the … oh what do you call it… shaker hole lid of a spice jar.  Then I dipped them in the salt water, and then set in the spice jar above a bit of ammonia and screwed the lid on.  Like so…

 

Then I used a hairdryer to heat up the jar for a few minutes.  Then I repeated the process like that tutorial said.  Now I have this…

A tad dark, but my eraser will lighten up the spots I want lighter.  Now I’m ready to go make Naomi’s hat and spats (that rhymes LOL!)

 

 

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