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Old 12-23-2015, 08:25 PM
scgto scgto is offline
 
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Default Aging Brass Fasteners - M1D Cheekpad

So I have been attempting to find a method to artificially age brass fasteners. I have researched several methods and tried quite a few with lackluster results until I accidentally found a method that worked quite well.

In the attached photos you will see a strip of screws, those on the left were suspended above vinegar for 48 hours or so and produced the least amount of aging.

Those in the middle were dipped in a vinegar/salt solution and baked at approx. 500f for about 15 minutes and produced ok results, that seemed to improve when repeated a few times. These were simply placed in a hand formed aluminum foil tray during baking.

Those on the far right were also dipped in a vinegar/salt solution and baked at approx. 500f for about 15 minutes, but the difference is they were placed in a cupcake liner with the paper liner left in place. The paper liner was not consumed but it was scorched to the point it basically fell apart. This produced a nice dark finish that, at least in my opinion, produced a nice aged finish.

BTW the solution was 1/3 cup vinegar & 1 tablespoon of salt. Fasteners soaked for about 10-15 minutes, dried then baked. Timing and temp are just approximate not exact.

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Old 12-23-2015, 08:45 PM
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Looks good! Keep an eye on grommets # 2 & 3 in the first photo of your cheek pad. They look close to pulling out of the leather. I had one pull out of my 6 69 pad, now the leather looks too open/distorted to have it put back in. Happened on the previous owners watch, he did save the grommet, which I have. These original cheek pads are pretty fragile now and care needs taken, especially when sinching tight the laces. I'm going to pick up a repro for match use.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:14 PM
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Craftsman, I see your point. I relaced the cheekpad this afternoon and to your point, I may have gotten a bit overzealous. This one is a 52 cheekpad and they certainly do not come cheap. I don't want to pull out a grommet, I will check it right away.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:51 PM
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Craftsman, you are correct, the grommets definitely have moved from their original location. I significantly loosened the lace and retied it. And just think I carefully worked for an hour or more to get the lace nice and tight - too much of a good thing isn't always good. Anyways, this one is a rare shooter, so it is not paramount that it be extremely tight. Thanks for pointing this out, I missed it all together.
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Old 12-24-2015, 01:32 PM
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I think ammonia can be used to age brass
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Old 12-24-2015, 02:43 PM
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Shouldn't the brass eyelets show the same aging as the brass screws, or are they made from different alloys? I don't know, I just never noticed a difference before. Seems like one of the shinier ones would be a better match.
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:02 PM
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Nice job. The screws in the middle look very much like those in my lottery M1D pack.
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Old 12-25-2015, 06:06 AM
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Here's another little tidbit for you. Brass screws dipped in Caswell's stainless blackener for just a few seconds will turn out almost the same color as the ones on the right. A second or 2 less and they turn out lighter. Diluting the Caswell's with various amounts of distilled water lengthens the process and gives you more color control.
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