Any time you get a torch out in the wood shop eyebrows raise and the fun-o-meter strikes new highs, but safety should be the first thought. With that in mind, here is a quick video on how I age ordinary hinges picked up from my local hardware store. These would be hinges (and other hardware) for “country” pieces such as painted cupboards, or projects where you are looking for a simple, less-expensive hardware option.
By the way, the Birchwood Casey Perma-blue is a great way to age brass, too. I’ve taken semi-bright brass hardware, dipped it in the perma-blue then buffed the piece with #0000 steel wool to create highlights – the results are a great look and are individual to your hardware.
Some you that dabble in both woodworking and gun collecting and refurbishing have additional chemicals that create different results. Please leave a comment and let us know other options.
If you need inspiration and plans for Country furniture projects where you could use blackened hardware, pick up a copy of “Early American Country Furniture: 22 Woodworking Projects Inspired by 18th and 19th-Century New England” by Denis Hambucken.
Think making your own hardware might be exciting? Here’s a book – “The Blacksmith’s Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods” – to help you get started.