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How can one age copper quickly?

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A solution of vinegar and salt or rapid fixer quickly ages copper, and it is safe to use at home. White vinegar, salt, steel wool, dish soap, paper towels and a sealant are needed to complete the aging process of copper. Before placing the solution onto the copper, thoroughly clean the copper piece with dish soap, scrubbing it with steel wool.

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How can one age copper quickly?
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Mix equal parts of salt and vinegar together in a bowl before adding the copper to the bowl. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes, and then remove the copper from the bowl and set on a paper towel. The copper must air dry for the process to work. Once the copper has achieved the desired aging level, seal it in a lacquer or wax.

Copper can also be aged quickly using rapid fixer, a solution commonly found at camera stores. To complete the process, the rapid fix solution, latex gloves, a sealant, a plastic tray and paper towels are needed. Clean the copper before adding it to the rapid fix solution. For every tablespoon of rapid fix solution used, add 2 tablespoons of water. Place the copper into the solution for 10 minutes before rinsing it under cool water. Allow it to air dry before coating it in a sealant.

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