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Maintenance of copper objects

If this old bowl of jam, usable in cauldron (handle) found a new job of plant pot plantpot, it owes to the warm look of its metal, especially when it is gleaming after undergoing stripping, restoration and polishing.

Necessary material

  • Brush
  • Steel wool
  • Coarse salt
  • Vinegar
  • sorrel
  • Bleach
  • Sand
  • Bodybuilder's mallet
  • deoxidizer
  • Soap
  • Sponge
  • Copper special product
  • Etching
  • Lint-free cloth

Steps

  1. Maintenance of brassware
  2. Traditional cleaning
  3. Worked objects

Maintenance of brassware

We must of course avoid the use of chemicals to maintain the brass for utility and especially food, such as cooking pots, pots, pans, etc. We will report the old recipe of the cooks, which involves rubbing the brass with a paste made of sandstone sand (2/3) and coarse salt (1/3) wet with vinegar. Let dry, and rub with a soft cloth.

Fitness and stripping

Fitness

Fitness

1. The old copper objects are often utilitarian, they are generally quite dented. Their fitness is done with a bodybuilder's mallet, preferably with a plastic breakdown, leaning on a piece of wood.

Stripping of the oxidized parts

Stripping of the oxidized parts

2. The highly oxidized parts (here we see traces of verdigris), for example contact with rusted fittings, must be stripped. Use for this a powerful cleaner.

Use of steel wool

Use of steel wool

3. Leave the stripper on for several minutes. The rust of the fittings is then removed with steel wool.

A mild cleaner will clean the copper

A mild cleaner will clean the copper

4. The copper itself can be cleaned with a mild cleaner that does not attack the metal deeply. You will prepare by dissolving 1 volume of lime in 6 volumes of water.

Traditional cleaning

Creating a cleaning paste

Creating a cleaning paste

5. The cleaning of the copper can be done with a paste obtained by mixing hot vinegar and coarse sea salt. It must be just wet, and not dissolved.

Application of the dough

Application of the dough

6. Scrub the surface of the copper with the paste thus prepared, then rinse with clear water and polish with a soft cloth.

Cleaning with sorrel leaves

Cleaning with sorrel leaves

7. Cleaning of slightly oxidized or dirty copper may be done with freshly cut sorrel leaves or diluted oxalic acid, which is extracted from this plant.

Products that are too aggressive are to be avoided

Products that are too aggressive are to be avoided

8. Commercial products are also very effective. Avoid those who are too aggressive.

A good wash is essential

A good wash is essential

9. In all cases, and especially if you have used chemicals, a good washing of the object with soap and water is essential. It must then be dried immediately to prevent it from... oxidizing again.

polishing

polishing

10. The polishing alone will give a beautiful shine to the copper. To obtain a lasting gloss, an old recipe wants a sun exposure to guarantee its longevity. A coat of clear lacquer is just as recommended.

Bleach bath

Bleach bath

11. Another classic recipe for catching up with brass: the bleach bath. Dilute half a glass of bleach in a pan of water and bring to a boil.

The object is soaked in the bath

The object is soaked in the bath

12. Soak the object in the boiling water for a few moments. Beware of objects that are only copper and risk... not to be!

Worked objects

Application of a paste

Application of a paste

13. For very elaborate objects, use a paste (which you will find in the trade) that you will pass on the metal with a small hard brush.

The metal is washed in clear water

The metal is washed in clear water

14. To remove the product and do not block the crevices, wash the metal with clear water and dry it.

Brushed and lustered piece

Brushed and lustered piece

15. Brush the piece after drying and shine with a soft, lint-free cloth.

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