Tarnishing Candelabra

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I know ya’ll gonna think I’m mad bothering with a piece of brass candelabrum like this with rusted tarnish. Don’t panic. I use it outside & love it.

You can see it’s a five branch decorative filigree candle holder or four arm with centre socket for a candle. Perfect for outside table use as it is heavy.

I don’t pay much for these bits & pieces, some rather ornate. I look for them at op-shops & garage sales mainly.

 

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There are three in this image.

 

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Given that I buy them for one purpose – outdoor/al fresco dining & decor – they stay outside where, over time, they tarnish, corrode & rust developing the desired patina.

The only down side to relying on the weather is that it requires patience. No quick makeover. No quick fix.

 

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The two smaller ones (one is larger than the other) feature a child holding the sconces.

 

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I’m not exactly sure what they are made of maybe brass coated steel, or iron or a mixture of brass & other metals, but the weather does the work for me in creating the additional texture & drab, faded tarnish. I don’t think there’s any silverplate in these three.

 

I figure the brass must have some iron (Fe) in it/over it for the rust to occur which of course I love.  The rust is mainly on the candle drip pans or bobeches, not the sconces or arms though.

 

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The smaller of the two-armed candle holders is solid & quite heavy. It may have some copper in the sockets/sconces as there is a sort of ring of green/grey patina, a sort of faded vert de gris or verdigris shade maybe.

The other two-arm is lighter. Neither have rust so I assume there’s no iron metal in the mix. The brass coating is simply tarnishing and fading.

But, then, the science of metals is not my area & I really don’t know what I’m talking about  . . . .  🙂

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