There are many methods to age metal. Depending on the type of metal and the look you want, you can turn your new metal objects into super rusty pieces, chippy, a patina finish or the look of galvanized metal. I was going for the galvanized metal look and ended up with galvanized metal with rust.
I don’t mind the rust. It’s always a bit of a chemistry experiment when you try to age metal.
To get the look of galvanized metal which has a dull, uneven finish, you soak your metal piece in toilet bowl cleaner. I used a heavy duty ziploc bag to soak my tin. The tin originally had a very shiny finish. I had used it for another project and it had globs of permanent glue on it. In order to get the glue off I sanded it lightly. This is probably why my piece not only “galvanized” but rusted. That and the fact that I forgot about it and left it soaking outside in the toilet bowl cleaner overnight.
When I remembered my tin the next day it was completely covered in orange rust. I thought it was ruined but once I rinsed it off most of the rust came off and I was left with a non-shiny, semi galvanized rusty tin.
The process is so interesting. I can’t wait to try it on another metal piece. The next time I won’t sand it and we’ll see if I get just a galvanized look.
Since it’s summer, I added a starfish to the top of my tin.
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