Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Homemade Brass Polish

Because it’s important to stay foc…oooh look, something shiny.

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I’m blowing my own horn. Really. We found this little gem of a horn at a flea market. And it works! Not that there’s anything wrong with the tarnished look. Actually, I kind of like it. But…I also like shiny things. You know you do too.

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With no Brasso on hand, I did what I do best; I used Google. Within 30 seconds, I had my solution. The coolest thing is that you probably already have everything on hand. For those of you that are too lazy to follow the link, here are the instructions.

In a glass bowl, mix 2/3 cup distilled vinegar with 2/3 cup flour. Just stir until it’s smooth. Next, add 1/2 cup salt and stir thoroughly. It’s ready to be blobbed onto your brass.

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I lined a cookie sheet with some wax paper, placed my horn on it, and just started dropping the mixture on top of it. Make sure to cover it the best you can. But if you miss a couple spots, no big deal. You can see how the mixture literally sucked the tarnish right off. Pretty cool. I wore latex gloves to keep my hands from smelling like vinegar.

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I let the mixture sit on the horn, overnight. It actually got pretty stiff. Once I was ready, I just rinsed the mixture off under some warm water, in the sink. Again, wearing gloves. Hey, I love using vinegar, but it stinks! Here it is after rinsing off the mixture.

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I also like the look above. But again, not what I was going for. You can feel free to stop here, if you like this look. But if you want that expensive shine, you’ll need to a bit of work. I know, I know. But it’s not much. All that’s left to do, is just shine it up with some steel wool. The whole shining process took me less than 10 minutes.

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Minimal effort. No toxic smell. No Brasso stains. That’s the way I like it.

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