Tuesday, February 10, 2009

POLISHING COPPER

Never polish Arts and Crafts copper or pewter. Even if the patina is damaged, it's better than a cleaned piece. Original finish is important. The green or brown patina on a piece of Heinz Art and some others was added at the factory.

2 comments:

Laura Euler said...

It depends on where it was made. British metalwork is usually worth more when polished--especially Liberty Tudric pewter.

Patricia said...

I have a small shaker in copper that is stuck closed...oxidation...is there a way to clean the oxidation to get it opened without damaging the patina? I've tried vinegar and hot/cold