How to Age Pewter

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Pewter is a brilliant metal consisting mostly of tin. Because it is generally malleable and flexible, it can be fashioned into a wide range of wares including goblets, dishes and utensils. New pewter tends to possess a shiny lustre, and this quality is what attracts so many to it for decorative purposes.

However, aged pewter can attain a gorgeous oxidised outer later called a "patina" that gives it a truly antiquated look -- here is now to attain it without waiting for years on end.

  • Pewter is a brilliant metal consisting mostly of tin.
  • New pewter tends to possess a shiny lustre, and this quality is what attracts so many to it for decorative purposes.

Put on your rubber gloves and safety goggles before handling any of the mentioned chemicals.

Pour half a litre of cool distilled water into a large mixing bowl.

Add ammonium chloride, copper acetate and vinegar to the bowl one at a time. Pour slowly and carefully.

Measure the pH of the mixture in the bowl with a pH strip. Take note of this measurement.

  • Measure the pH of the mixture in the bowl with a pH strip.

Slowly pour a small amount of nitric acid into the mixture, stirring as you do so. Measure the pH intermittently until the mixture has a pH measurement of 1 (very acidic).

Submerge your piece of pewter into the bowl, ensuring that all parts are coated with the liquid. Alternatively, the mixture can be applied with a paintbrush or sponge.

Place the pewter piece on a towel in a well-ventilated area to air-dry.

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