Anyone know a good and easy to blacken brass suspender hardware?
How to blacken brass?
Posted 04 January 2019 - 05:01 PM
Check with your local hobby shop.
Posted 04 January 2019 - 05:35 PM
Try "Birchwood Casey" Brass Black. Found in gun shops or on line.
Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:48 AM
It's the product we used to blacken boot eyelets, rank devices & belt buckles when I was in the Seabees.
Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:10 AM
Do those commercial products smell of ammonia?
Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:45 AM
When I used to relic hunt alot along Suwannee river I could buy a quart size container of yellow sulphur powder from an old time Druggest who still compounded Medicines (1970- -80) to put in my socks to keep red bugs (chiggers) out and if I recall it will tarnish silver. copper and brass. I believe you dampen the powder pour it in a small hole around your item and keep moist for a few days or just make a paste and paint on the item. Richard
Posted 05 January 2019 - 03:08 PM
M-Nu is basically a paint. There are other products that will blacken brass through a chemical process. The Blacken-It has a strong odor as I recall, but I don't recall if it was an ammonia odor. A google search turned up other products, too.
Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:10 PM
It would be interesting to experiment with commercial products vs ammonia.
I understand, but have never tried, that it will blacken brass.
Posted 05 January 2019 - 07:35 PM
Directly related to what suwanneetrader posted above, years ago I used "liver of sulfur" which darkened brass/copper. Here's a link to it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_of_sulfur I remember buying it from a pharmacy around 40 years ago, but no doubt you can get it online now. It works. The Wikipedia article tells you how to use it. As I remember though, it smells like old ripe farts!!
Edited by themick, 05 January 2019 - 07:37 PM.
Posted 22 May 2019 - 06:19 AM
Here is the cheapest and easiest way. Get a plastic container you can seal. Fix a wire hanging from the lid to suspend your brass item on, not touching anything. Put a paper towel in the bottom and saturate it with household ammonia. Close the container for a few hours and then check for color you want. Most I have had to wait was overnight. Usually a few hours will do the trick. Naturally be sure your item is perfectly clean of any oil, finger prints etc. etc. Good luck.
Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:51 PM
Edited by 917601, 22 May 2019 - 01:52 PM.
Posted 22 May 2019 - 05:46 PM
I just reread your original question and my answer probably is not what you are looking for. The method I described, with the household ammonia, will put a patina on brass but, will not blacken it. Regards.
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