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Age before beauty

Aging a metal bucket without the wait

Usually the last thing we want to do is speed up the aging process. But for many gardeners, the time it can take for their bright, copper objets d’art to reach a desirable verdigris patina is too long. Here’s how your decorative garden accessories can achieve the same look in a matter of days.

What you’ll need:

  • Fine (#00) steel wool pad
  • 3 tbsp. (45 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) vinegar
  • spray bottle

1. Using steel wool, scour copper surface thoroughly to remove any protective coating or finish.
2. In a measuring cup, mix salt and vinegar together, making sure salt is completely dissolved.
3. Pour mixture into bottle and spray object several times within an eight-hour period. After a day or so, copper should begin to change. If necessary, spray occasionally until desired degree of verdigris is reached.

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