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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.


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


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

Bar Keepers Friend to the rescue!


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.


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



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.


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!


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

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