Last Friday I linked to a project that outlined the steps for speed verdigrising brass objects. I thought I would give it a try.
I'm always so suspicious of DIY things I see on Pinterest with a cheery caption that it is super easy (I'll tell you about my efforts to give something a zinc like paint job in a couple of days).
This project, however, lived up to the hype.
All you need is salt (I used Kosher), apple cider vinegar (I would hazard a guess that any vinegar would do) and some brass objects. I found that once I was in the selection process that I didn't want to offer up too many of them for this project.
I forgot how pretty some of my pieces are. I really need to figure out something to do with them. But I digress.
Evidently the age of your vinegar has no bearing on the project. Mine expired in 2007, as is evident by all the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I really need to clean out my pantry.
I mixed one tablespoon of salt and three tablespoons of vinegar in a small container. Then I plunked in my brass pieces and let them soak for about 30 minutes. I was conducting this experiment in the kitchen but the smell of old apple cider vinegar was overwhelming so I moved my operation out to the garage.
After 30 minutes I removed my pieces from their bath and put them on a paper towel to dry. An hour or so later I repeated the process. I think I did this about four times total. Each time I could see them getting a little greener. This morning, after letting them dry over night they were in the state you see here.
The original steps, taken from a Sommerset publication and outlined on Good Grief Girdie's blog say to preserve your verdigris by sealing it with a coat of varnish.
Not sure what I am going to do with my little experiment but it was fun to test out.
Note: The place I purchased my stamped brass pieces is Fancifuls. Fabulous selection.