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Tempesta
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I have a couple 5-piece nests of old production clocks made of some pretty shiny tin or aluminum metal. Unfortunately, the nice and shiny doesn't fit with the mood of the piece I'm using them for, and what I need is "aged and antique."

Does anyone know of any way that I can age the metal on these clocks? I've already scratched and scuffed them up, so the texture and look of them is rough. I just need a copper-old rustic look to them.

Much thanks!
//Sean Beard
shoestring
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You need to apply a patina to your metal.

Here are some recipes for a number of patinas you can try: http://www.sciencecompany.com/patinas/patinaformulas.htm

If you don't want to be hassled by making these concoctions then go to your local hobbie store and ask for a rust patina and a blackener or some other suitable patina for your project.

Try the combination of patinas on a spare part to get the look down first.

shoestring.
Michael Baker
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I don't think the patina formulas would work on aluminum, which is likely what the clocks are made of. Those are designed for copper, as well as brass and bronze, which are largely copper anyway.

You can still fake the look nicely, though.

Check the paint departments in home improvement centers like Lowes, and also check, as mentioned above, the hobby stores, like Hobby Lobby. Look for the paints that are used for faux finishes. You will need to basically paint on an 'aged' copper finish, rather than trying to change a metal compound.

Often, these finishes will come as a kit, and will include base coats and additional top coats.

In fact, if you are at a Hobby Lobby, check out the home decor junk they have in the front half of the store. A lot of that is artificially 'antiqued'. You might get some ideas on how this process looks.
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You can try rubbing them with used tea bags to dull them up some. Look at the old clock for sale on ebay to see what look you need.

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Tempesta
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I looked into patinas, and it looked a bit past my chemical comfortability, heh. The paint idea defintely sounds doable, and I feel more educated on doping it myself than before. I'll see if I can try the paint idea, will have to stop by hobby lobby today.

Hopefully, my timing will be good with the after Thanksgiving sale, may find some sales. :]

Thanks guys!
//Sean Beard
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