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Copper and Brassware 2
Early American Tea Kettle showing Northern European Influence
from the collection of Beth Maxwell Boyle
How To Make Copper and Brass Cleaner
Use these easy instructions to combine common household ingredients to make your own copper, brass, and bronze cleaner.
1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Stir in the liquid ingredients. Mix well.
3. Transfer the cleaning mixture to a glass jar. Close the jar tightly and label it.
4. To use the cleaner, shake a small amount onto a cloth and rub it into the surface of the copper, brass, or bronze object. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas. Rinse with water and rub dry with a clean cloth.
What You Need:
1/2 c flour
1/2 c salt
1/2 c powdered detergent
3/4 c white vinegar
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 c very warm water
quart jar with lid
16th Century Coppersmith
I make my own cleaner for copper often but my favorite method for cleaning copper and brass is using Never Dull. It works on very stubborn tarnish. Sometimes you have to do it a couple times and rise with hot water in between if the item is very darkly tanished. There are no abrrasives in Nevr-Dull so it won't scratch you fine wares. Just follow the directions on the can.
Never Dull Metal Polish consists of a unique non-scratching wadding impregnated with a special polishing solution. It is perfect for cleaning and polishing brass, aluminum, nickel, pewter, silver, copper, steel, chromium, zinc, and gold. It safely removes rust, tarnish, fingerprints, and more.
Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Koperslager, 1654
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