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Cleaning Brass

For a hand rubbed matte finish, choose a furniture wax protectant like Briwax, Minwax clear, SC Johnson, or Annie Sloan. For this dresser, I used the Briwax clear paste wax, applied with a cotton rag and buffed to soft glow. I cleaned up the pulls with the tips I mentioned in this post about polishing brass hardware.

Stove Necklace: "Stuart Breidenstein of Go Robot! gave me a demo of his working stove necklace at Urban Craft Uprising this weekend in Seattle. It's a hand-crafted brass and copper alcohol burner with a fuel line and tank. Alcohol stoves are popular for light-traveling hikers, as the fuel is readily available at hardware stores and it burns clean and hot. I I was blown away by the craftsmanship and ingenuity of this piece of functional jewelry." NOTCOT.org

Spray painted brass lamps: Clean lamps well. Apply several light coats of Krylon white primer; then several coats of Krylon gloss white spray paint; then, after 48 hours, Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear high gloss spray paint. (I'd like to try this with brass light fixture and wall sconces.)

MAY DAYS: How To Clean Brass Hardware

The Cerebral Dilettante: Clean Your Plate, Then You Can Have Dessert

"Rub N’ Buff is a waxy metallic finish that comes in several golden shades such as Gold Leaf (depicted), but also look for Antique Gold and European Gold. Krylon’s ‘Gold Leaf’ is the best metallic gold spray paint I’ve found to date to mimic brass or give you a warm golden glow on your hardware." - info on cleaning brass with brasso, lemon/salt

How to Clean Brass-use a magnet to test if your piece is solid brass or plated

How to Clean Brass - and how to verify that what you THINK is brass is actually brass!!!

How to clean brass - solid brass AND brass plated (plus how to tell the difference).

I love this idea. Buy an old brass lamp and turn it into a clean, glossy white (or any other color) beautiful new looking lamp.

Cleaning Brass Cases Step by Step on a Budget with Stainless Steel Media

How to clean your brass for reloading with Jerry Miculek

Use ketchup to remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

Cleaning brass items. Did you know you can use ketchup to clean brass? — Clumsy Crafter

FREE online video class! Etching has been around for hundreds of years and is now as popular as ever! Instructor Aisha Formanski will teach you the basics of etching copper, brass and nickel silver with ferric chloride. If you can draw the design, she will show you how to preserve it in metal forever! She covers how to; clean your metal, resists, etching safely and finishing your pieces. This technique offers endless design options. This class has a run time of 15 minutes.

How to clean Campaign/brass hardware: redoing campaign furniture

Rub a few drops of Worcestershire sauce on a damp cloth to clean brass