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icantsleep
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Anyone ever put a patina on their brand new shiny Okito Coin box? How’d you do it? Commercial aging product or homemade solution? I’m interested in the latter process but open to suggestions.
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Ican’tsleep,

I use this method, as found on the web. Fuming

Another way to darken brass is through exposure to ammonia fumes. Suspend the metal above a bowl or pot of ammonia, watch it darken and remove it when the desired level of darkening is achieved. To hasten the process, place the ammonia and metal in a covered jar or place it in a glass bowl covered with aluminum foil, which intensifies the fumes. This method is slower than the commercial solution but provides a higher level of control.

Since you cannot suspend the Okito box above the ammonia, I take a piece of dense foam. I post straight pins through the foam to form a square, where the points of the pins will fit the inside of the box and lid. I then place the foam in the container, place the box and lid upside down on the pins, soak a folded paper towel, or cotton balls with ammonia and place it at the other end of the container away from the box and lid. You do not want the box and lid to touch the ammonia. I then close the container (usually an old Tupperware container, or plastic Cool Whip container and let the ammonia do it’s work. Check every 15-30 minutes. When you are satisfied, remove the items, rinse them and dry them. I then usually wax them with car wheel wax or a hard paste wax.

By the way wash the box and lid with either liquid soap and water, or acetone before you begin. Wear rubber gloves as you do not want oil from your fingers to touch the clean box before fuming.

Good luck. This has worked for me over the years.
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Great information Bremner. I’ll try this method. I put a patina on my copper cups and balls a couple of years ago and they turned out beautiful. Cheers!
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I’ve heard that baking them in the oven can turn shiny copper English pennies (and copper Cups & Balls cups) a nice rich shade of well-pantina-ed brown.

Don’t know if that might also work on brass Okito boxes (or brass Chinese coins, etc.), but wonder whether it might be worth experimenting with?
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Https://www.joann.com/patina-solution/10......Products

Bead Buddy Patina solution. JoAnn's, Michaels, online... Before finding this SAFE solution (which I use all the time now) I tried all those different chemical combos like the suggested ammonia fumes, bleach, liver of sulfur... If I didn't get the desired result, I cleaned the coins up and tried a different suggestion. Eventually, and I don't remember which chemical, I somehow managed to ruin a Lassen "Miracle Enjoyment Shell" (It actually looks like acne on one edge). I would stick to the safe stuff rather than trying to figure the right amount (of product, time, chemical..). The Bead Buddy has clear directions. I go dark with it and use a 7-way nail buffer to bring back the raised highlights on my coins. The best part is... you can clean it off and retry or simply cean it off and polish back to new if you don't like the results.
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Thanks for this info Poof-Daddy. Does the patina wear off in time with general use with this product or is it more or less permanent?
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I have not had to re-apply patina on coins I did a few years ago so I would say it’s permanent, until you don’t want it to be (you can just use some metal polish and a soft cloth to “un”- patina it).
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