Instead of Once Upon A Time…
One Day At A Garage Sale…
I found this HUGE metal planter thingy. The seller asked what I wanted to pay and I just smiled. Before I could negotiate she offered up $5. Done. The size and beauty of this piece can’t be translated through my photos but I can tell you that another passer by practically jumped out of his car to persuade the seller to hand over my copper can!
Honestly, I hadn’t even noticed whether it was copper. Actually, I hadn’t really thought about it. I just knew that containers this size, even the plastic ones, run $20-$50 bones.
So after a few days of placing the planter here and there, it suddenly dawns on me that I need to clean this can!
My first inspection of the inside gave a hint as to what she might have been…
I spied a sweet spot in the middle of complete and utter yuk. Was it copper or brass?
I’d never had a reason to clean copper or brass so when I discovered that I had all the ingredients (in my kitchen) to make this pot pretty again, I threw caution to the wind.
The ingredients in this cleaner are pretty simple however the measurements are not precise. I was more like The Swedish Chef from The Muppets than I was Martha Stewart.
First I sprayed the area with white vinegar. Then I sprinkled a bit of baking soda on top of the vinegar. And finally I dumped a bunch of salt on top of the baking soda. A little more vinegar sprayed on and I was in the middle of a science experiment. It might have been smoking I’m not sure. Using warm water and a sponge I wiped away my homemade recipe and voila.
Can you see the difference? I know I’ll need to go through this process several more times to get down to real deal but in the meantime I’m enjoying watching this garage sale find morph into something more.
Question: So, what do you think, is this copper or brass?