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How To: Make Brass Shine

By The How-To Gal on Feb 21, 2013

I really, really dislike brass light fixtures, handles, and the like, but I really love fun brass objects. The only problem is that most copper/brass objects I find while thrifting are in pretty poor condition with a spotty patina. I'll be the first to say that I love a good patina. But there is a difference between a nice, aged copper or brass object and a disgusting copper or brass object. Take for example this awesome brass sailboat.

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I found her drowning at a local thrift store for $1.50. She was covered in spots and rust... not a good patina.

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She really was in really bad shape, but I knew under that grime was something beautiful.

Bar Keepers Friend to the rescue!

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Have you guys ever used this stuff? It works awesome on ceramic stove tops, stainless steel surfaces, and polishes like a dream.

It really is quite easy:

Step One: Dampen an old rag

Step Two: Sprinkle the rag with Bar Keepers Friend

Step Three: Scrub, scrub, scrub

Step Four: Rinse out rag and wipe object clean. Also use a dry towel to buff the object.


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Voila! Isn't she beautiful? I love, love, love it all shiny and clean.

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Here's a picture of another bowl I shined up. Notice the shiny outside and the untouched inside? A little polish really makes a huge difference.

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If you are gasping in horror that I removed this tiny sailboat's authentic patina, visit Michael's website for a pretty good tutorial on how to re-patina it!

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***Bar Keepers Friend did not sponsor this post. I just really love that stuff!***

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