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December 22, 2010

Fire & Acid Create Aged Hardware

via blogs.popularwoodworking.com

What holiday season would be complete without getting out the propane torch and gun bluing? This super-short Popular Woodworking video is a fun primer on adding an expensive-looking patina to generic hardware. LOVE.



It looks like they are aging steel. If you want to age brass, burn off the varnish like in the video and then get a oxy propane torch and create an oxidizing flame. Use just the outer third of the flame as the cone of the flame can melt the brass. Passing the flame over the brass will create a tarnish patina. You do want to make sure the piece you're treating is solid brass. Please note that the state of California has determined that Oxygen can be harmful to your health.

And gals, when you're buying that gun blue, pick up some Hoppe's No. 9. A little behind the ears drives the guys wild.

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