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Is there some agent or material that corrodes copper quickly?

Asked by turkeycube (11 points ) September 9th, 2008

I’m trying to make jewelry with metal scraps and want the copper to have more weathered look.

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DandyDear711's avatar

ammonia. I have heard of people putting items in used kitty litter to “weather it…” (ewww)

TrenchantWit's avatar

use Flux, plumbers use it to sweat pipe joints, use that and let it sit in the sun or try a blow dryer and it should as far as oxidation goes be slightly quicker

robmandu's avatar

If, at some point, you just want to get the oxide off, I suggest Coca-Cola.

gailcalled's avatar

If you are in no hurry, copper will discolor all by itself, unless lacquer is applied.

Harp's avatar

If you’re looking for a certain color, here is a list of chemicals that act on copper to produce specific effects.

If you don’t want to mess with mixing your own, there are prepared solutions available through art supply outlets like this one.

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