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 Posted: Fri Jan 21st, 2011 06:36 pm
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after searching the web for a process to quicken the aging of Bronze and finding dozens of which all required some chemicals and heat(torch) or just buying a ready made formula I decided to ask Steve/Benarus how he aged his bronze MorayII.
...here is what Steve sent me in his words since it worked out so well and surprisingly it is "green: formula which every WIS has in their home!!


"ok, here is what I did, this is fairly easy.

I hard boiled a few eggs, you just need 1, I ate the others.

when it is still hot and right out of the boiling water with shell on, put it in a ziplock bag with the watch, but separate the watch from the egg so they are on opposite sides of the bag.

then with the bag zipped up put a towel over the egg and smash it with your fist, the towel because the egg is still very hot.

The sulfur air released from the steaming hot hard boiled egg will fill the bag and the bag will inflate some, then the steam turns to water at the top of the bag.

rub the bag on the watch, but try not to get egg on the watch it will make dark spots... which is okay if that is what you want.

monitor it to see the color change, I think I left mine in about 10 minutes. I may do it again and see if it gets darker. I really love the new finish, the watch when it is new is too yellow for my taste."


much like Steve the new bronze was a bit too much on the "gilt" side for me and below is a pictorial of the process and the end result which took all of about a half hour as shown on the bronze Moray itself.My Moray now has a great aged look with some great green and brown and rust tones throughout that change with the lighting...all Thanks to Steve!thankyou.gif










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Just awesome Oscar!!!Thumbsup3.gif

This is the process that I cannot wait to execute on my Bronze Moray when it arrives...(I'll definitely take some nice shots of the "new" bronze, but after that the heavily aged and rich patina'ed look is what I'm after)...now I just need it to arrive!!!

I went through a similar process as you with the web search and agree that everything I came across was way too caustic and chemically unfriendly for me to consider trying on my own, but this is a nice, easy, and "green" solution that anyone can do on their own!!! Sweet!thumbsup.gif

The results are incredible and I especially like the fact that you can incrementally go through the process with as little or as much effect as you want until you reach the desired aging/patina!!!cool.gif...and, of course, the case will continue to age as time goes on but this accelerated process is just what I'm looking for to give it a huge jump on the beautiful patina.

Thanks for the very nice photo sequence and description Oscar!  The results look great!

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Eggzactly! good work. I found that a few days after I did mine, the redish bronze turns to just a darker bronze color, but still darker and nicer color than the new metal. I think I will do another egg soon to see what happens, but time is probably the best oxidizer.

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That looks so sweet Oscar! I cannot wait for mine to arrive! anodie.gif

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if you want to really get the colors going, you can smash the egg, the mix the watch and the egg up, smearing the hot egg all over the watch. It could get spotty, but that might be cool, and after a few days I think it would even out, I might try it.

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CHEATERS!!!!toon1.gif

 

Patina is aquired through use and time...

 

or an egg I guess...subtlelaugh.gif

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Paxman wrote:
CHEATERS!!!!toon1.gif

 

Patina is aquired through use and time...

 

or an egg I guess...subtlelaugh.gif

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who would have thunk it...an egg!toon1.gif

...my B-Mo is now starting to even out color wise and looks sweet and the overall build of this watch is awesome imo...
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Fantastic! thumbsup.gif  I'm thinking anything with sulfur would work.  Cabbage farts? subtlelaugh.gif

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Paxman wrote: CHEATERS!!!!toon1.gif

 

Patina is aquired through use and time...

 

or an egg I guess...subtlelaugh.gif


EGG_ZACTLEY!!!

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hehehe...what a great yoke!!!

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sulfuric acid for the win.   a great idea. 

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This is an amazing way to "cheat" on the bronze aging process but I like it.

I think 2 other ways may also speed it up. One is frequent exposure to sea breeze and second, a good rub down with sulfur soap (the medicinal type) that one can buy at the local chemist/drugstore. On the soap thing, maybe getting a lather with ye olde shaving brush and applying that lather on the watch and letting it stay on the watch for hours would do the trick better.

Steve, would these 2 "cheat procedures" work as well?

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