Thanks to Jan over at the Snail of Happiness for her brilliant tip on how to clean a thousand years’ worth of dirt and tarnish off brass. [Half a cup of vinegar with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in it, then enough flour chucked in to make a nice mushy paste; smear on, leave for 10 minutes, clean off.] It’s a messy job and I found I still needed to use a bit of Brasso afterwards for extra polish, but here’s the almost-finished result:
The nasty crusty outer layer of gunge just wiped clean — THANK YOU JAN :-)
What has now been revealed are that some parts of the fitting are solid brass and some are a different metal (some copper, some steel) that have been brass-plated. I don’t care at all, now that it’s all clean and shiny. What I do care about is that I took it all apart with great enthusiasm and am now finding it tricky to put back together!!!
Also, I’ve been working on a new logo, with the help of a designer from Fiverr, and am pretty happy with the end result. I love it when money is well spent. Especially my own!