- Ready In:
1/3 cup paste
- 6 tablespoons salt
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 6 tablespoons white vinegar, approximate
- Measure salt and flour into a glass bowl.
- Add vinegar slowly to moisten and stir into a stiff paste. (Slightly more or less vinegar may be required depending on local humidity conditions.).
- You can always add more vinegar if the paste is too dry, but it is difficult to firm up a runny paste.
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I have an old ship's bell, I hoped was brass, from my grandfather that was heavily tarnished. To clean all of the parts I made 6 cups of the recipe. I turned the bell upside down spread the paste all over the inside and then submerged the outer part into a bowl so all the parts and the entire bell was covered. Then I wrapped in in cling wrap. Left it for two days. When I peeled off the paste, I thought I had a copper bell. With a fine grade sanding block, I revealed a glimmer of brass. I took the paste I had just removed (added a little more vinegar), And reapplied the paste. The next day 95% of the tarnish was off. Again, using the sanding block and a 0000 piece of steel wool the bell is absolutely beautiful. If I had used the commercial products, I'd still be working on the project. Thanks