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.
- Steel wool
- Coarse salt
- Bodybuilder's mallet
- Copper special product
- Lint-free cloth
- Maintenance of brassware
- Traditional cleaning
- 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
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.
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.
3. Leave the stripper on for several minutes. The rust of the fittings is then removed with steel wool.
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.
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.
6. Scrub the surface of the copper with the paste thus prepared, then rinse with clear water and polish with a soft cloth.
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.
8. Commercial products are also very effective. Avoid those who are too aggressive.
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.
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.
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.
12. Soak the object in the boiling water for a few moments. Beware of objects that are only copper and risk... not to be!
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.
14. To remove the product and do not block the crevices, wash the metal with clear water and dry it.
15. Brush the piece after drying and shine with a soft, lint-free cloth.
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