I’m working on the final scraping and sanding before I start building up the finish on my Byrdcliffe-cum-Arts & Crafts cabinet. While I’m doing that I decided to try experiment with the finish on the brass hinges I’m using.
I don’t think I want shiny brass, I want a little color that will compliment the other colors I’ll have going on, but also something subtle that will blend in rather than call attention to itself. I read somewhere about using ammonia to patine brass, so I dribbled some into a quart paint can with some wood shavings – just enough to moisten them. I dropped my hinges and screws in after cleaning them with some acetone, and left them overnight.
Today I dumped out the contents and let everything dry off. I rubbed the brass with steel wool and applied a coat of paste wax. I like it. There is a soon on one of the leaves that didn’t get an even color, I probably should have scrubbed them a little more first. Live and learn.