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!
My bedroom in the new/old house comes with a particularly ugly black metal light fitting, so it was on The List to replace it at some stage. Most minor things like this will have to wait in the wings because we’ve prioritised repainting the roof and the exterior, updating the alarm system, and having the driveway paved. I also had a fitted wardrobe and cupboards installed in my bedroom. All far more costly endeavours than I’d anticipated…!
The house painters are Andre and Coralie-Ann, a husband and wife team with endless patience, know-how, common sense, and initiative. While we were wandering round outside yesterday looking at what has to be attended to, I waved my hand disparagingly at two ancient light fittings that were hanging off cup hooks on a beam of the patio roof, purely as decoration. And those can go, I said, there’s enough rubbish lying around here as it is.
Andre leapt up and took them down (he’s both tall and agile!). One of them turned out to be pretty heavy, so I had a closer look. Hoo ha!! Turns out it’s solid brass, and who doesn’t like a bit of that here and there? I apologised silently to the previous owner, because clearly she’s a woman of excellent taste and antique hunting skills.
My project, then, for this National Women’s Day, 9 August 2016, is to get this baby clean and shiny. The rewiring part will be for Andre :-)