House of Brass on How to Achieve the Allure of Aged Brass Bought From New

House of Brass is a Nottingham based architectural fittings specialist offering a range of brass fittings for the home. With some of their customers asking how to achieve a more antique effect finish for their brass, they have issued some tips.
Prefer the look of antiqued brass? Here's how you can achieve it.
Prefer the look of antiqued brass? Here's how you can achieve it.
NOTTINGHAM, U.K. - Nov. 1, 2016 - PRLog -- It is sometimes not possible to purchase the precise antique effect brass fittings desired for a home design project. But interiors enthusiasts looking to achieve a period look using newly purchased brass items need not worry, as Nottingham based architectural fittings specialists House of Brass are on hand with some tips and guidance to help achieve the antique effect look from new.

First, says House of Brass, it is essential to ensure you are working with solid brass. "Otherwise the processes don't work in the right way," they warn.

Next you have to remove any lacquer or varnish with acetone and clean it in really hot water. "Once dry, make sure that from this point on you don't touch the brass with your fingers so you won't leave traces of oil on it from your skin. Using some disposable gloves is a good idea."

Following this preparation, there are numerous methods to choose from to achieve your antiqued patina says House of Brass. "Using vinegar is one such method. And for a greener patina add salt to the vinegar and submerge the brass for a few hours.

"A butane blow torch will oxidise brass, but of course you must exercise great care in using this method. Otherwise you can buy custom made antiquing solutions and follow their own instructions."

And for those who prefer a more natural method? "Use a boiled egg!" suggests House of Brass. "Place your brass item in a sealed polythene bag with a halved hard-boiled egg which will produce sulphur that will oxidise brass. Our tip is to leave this in an outhouse or garage or somewhere the rather nasty sulphur smell won't matter."

And what happens if the whole thing goes a little too far? "Whatever method you select, the patina will keep darkening until you release the brass from it so you need to keep checking. If you overdo it a little, use a fine wire wool to rub it down and lighten it until you are happy with the colour," suggests House of Brass.

Of course it is a lot easier to try to find the items you want in the finish you desire. But where this is not possible, you can try one of these methods.

House of Brass sells a range of brass fixtures and fittings for the home, both in antique and polished finish, both at their shop at 282-284 Huntingdon Street, Nottingham and online at

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