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Aging Brass: Cow Poop vs. Horse Doo-Doo

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Wnderer
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Etching Brass
Wnderer   8/29/2014 10:15:11 AM
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I think the 'tasty' you are looking for might be better achieved by etching a border design before applying a patina. There's some how to out there if you google it.


There's this darkmagnet site that seems to be doing similar stuff to what you doing. You're not allowing links so google "darkmagnet wordpress".

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Re: Doo-doo wins!!
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 9:39:07 AM
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@Garcia: This makes me suppose that the horse "doo-doo" wins in your aging brass experiment because contains a higher amount of ammonium and other chemical substances.

I think you are right -- and since you have such ready access to the stuff, if I decide to go that route I will send you my brass panels along with detailed instructions on how I wish you to age them LOL

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Doo-doo wins!!
Garcia-Lasheras   8/28/2014 9:11:36 PM
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My friend, you always manage to surprise me. This is one of your weirdest (known) experiments ;-)

My 5 cents about the different results you have obtained with the cow poop and the horse doo-doo: the horse's one is very appreciated as a fertilizer, far better than the cow one... but "cow poop" is widely used because is cheaper to obtain -- believe me, I've been buried up to my knees in that "substance" while helping my father at his bulls farm!!

This makes me suppose that the horse "doo-doo" wins in your aging brass experiment because contains a higher amount of ammonium and other chemical substances.

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Re: wading
Max The Magnificent   8/28/2014 3:13:22 PM
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@vvc0: ...you've given new meaning to the term "wading through the bs"

I dare to go where others fear to tread -- just hand me my yellow wellington boots LOL

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Re: Steampunk
Max The Magnificent   8/28/2014 3:11:54 PM
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@toddkrein: I wonder if taking a piece that had been, um, over-aged and then cleaning it abit might give you a piece that looks more authentic, since the corrosion has gone deeper.

That is a VERY interesting idea -- I will try that on one side of my test pieces (I'll keep the other side "as is" because I do like the look, even though it's too much for the main panels.

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wading
vvc0   8/28/2014 3:08:58 PM
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Well, Max, you've given new meaning to the term "wading through the bs"

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Re: Steampunk
toddkrein   8/28/2014 2:39:41 PM
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Now, of course, you have the perfect test bed for testing brass cleaners. I wonder if taking a piece that had been, um, over-aged and then cleaning it abit might give you a piece that looks more authentic, since the corrosion has gone deeper.

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Re: More chemicals
Max The Magnificent   8/28/2014 1:17:58 PM
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@Antedelivian: ...tsk, tsk!

You are a hard taskmaster -- I was up early and at at ESC Brazil all ay yesterday -- then gave my final talk from 5:00pm to 6:00pm -- then raced to the airport and flew through the night with only two hours of sleep -- and now I'm back in the saddle using one hand tio type and the other to hold my eyelids open... and you will hold me to every apostrophe LOL

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Re: More chemicals
antedeluvian   8/28/2014 1:14:39 PM
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Max

wends it's way

tsk, tsk!

 

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Re: More chemicals
Max The Magnificent   8/28/2014 1:12:50 PM
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@Antedeluvian: What I did find puzzling is quite what this device is supposed to do.

My understanding is that cows can pick up bits of metal when they are chowing down on the grass in a field -- you sick one of these down their throat and it attracts any magnetic metals and holds them tight as the thing wends it's way through the cow's stomachs

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