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ShawnB
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Hello all.

Well I am encountering a bit of a problem with a set of cups I own. I have a set of Riser Regulars.. and they are almost a year old now...

I have been using them as my workers so they have grown to have a very nice patina.
A nice light coffe with "highlights" of darker patina around the beads.

Well about last month the patina stopped growing all together and the cups now have a shiny glassy look to them. I see the patina still however it look as if the cups were shalaked over.

Instead of my fingerproints becoming part of the patina they are now being placed on top of it (so to speak) as if there is a layer between them..

Anyone ever encounter such a thing? I am thinking about taking very fine steel wool to them but I am unsure what to do at this time.

Thank you.
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My Charlie Miller cups have a very nice light coffee patina. Now that you mention it, they also have a very high gloss, shinier than when they were new so it seems.

Hmmm...

I think I like it that way.
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I know exactly what you mean. A set of my copper cups have it too. I have no idea why or what you can do about it though...
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Your hands deposit both acids and oils on the surface of the cup. The acids cause the patina. The oils cause the glaze. Try washing the cups with a good detergent. If that doesn't work, use a degreaser. Steel wool will remove the glaze and the patina.

The patina actually serves to protect the surface of the cups.
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ShawnB
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Glad to know I am not the only one.

Thanks for the advice Bill.. I will try the degreaser. I allready washed them really well hopping it would help. No luck though.

Do you have brand of degreaser you would recomend?
Shawn.
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I've a set of Franklin Mint copper cups. Heating them over a gas stove has darkened them significantly. It's a look that instantly antiques them. I do have photos. Do this at your own risk.
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I don't have any one in particular. If you go to a really good gun shop where they carry bluing and supplies, there should be a degreaser available over the counter.

Some of the shine will also be the polish that the cups have acquired from being handled.

Although I'm familiar with the way heating a piece of copper can change its color, I don't recommend it. It can actually weaken the metal.
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