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francisngkl
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Very nice Donnie. Thanks.

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Thanks Donnie... Something new my wife will think is weird when I fire up the oven... LOL.

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Perhaps Donnie should apologise in advance to Mrs Smith.
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Tom... the question will be, why do my Cups smell like fish sticks... LOL.

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Good tip, Donnie. Thanks. I may give it a try.
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Thank you Donnie AND Bruce. A very entertaining thread! Smile
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Afinemesh... I am glad that you found us entertaining; then I did my job...LOL. Cup Fever effects us all in different ways.

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Very entertaining thread. On on of my sets of cups, I actually put a lacquer clear coat over the patina to protect it. Not only does it make the cups appear more shiny, my hands don't smell "metallic" after use. Plus, I can't accidentally wipe the patina away. The nice thing about lacquer (as opposed to the "magipoxy" once applied by the original Rings and Things) is that, should you change your mind, it is very easy to remove with lacquer thinner.

I use nitrocellulose guitar lacquer, which is also applied to fine brass instruments to keep them from tarnishing.

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I have never considered applying lacquer to a Cup with a patina; however I have had great luck using wax. That way I can control the luster and it too can be easily removed.

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Bruce
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Bruce,
Good idea with the wax. I have some good quality carnuba wax that I'll try. The lacquer is nice too because it "melts" into the patina and you can't see, but gives that "candy coat" shine. It too is easily removed with lacquer thinner, which will not remove the patina.

I also bought some bronzing solution and have been experimenting with it to get a nice patina. You can use this solution to tarnish the cups, but in general I find it blackens the cups if you apply too much. That said, it comes up with some very nice colors. The cool thing is that you can always just buff it off with your buffer, or copper polish. I have used Donnie's baking method too. It works quite well.
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Jonathan... I too have found that carnuba wax works well, I have also had great luck with “Renaissance Wax, “recommended by others. One day I might try the oven and lacquer methods.

It is amazing the different hues of color that appear as Cups are used or forced to turn. For a while I was on a shiny Cup path, but now I really like my Cups penny brown. Brass must be kept shiny... though I remember a set of brass Johnson Cups that Franck posted a photo of, they looked pretty cool too.

Thanks,
Bruce
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