top of page

Bringing Back the Shine: Quick tips for polishing tarnished Brass

Brass is a beautifully versatile and hard wearing material. For those of us who enjoy the more muted, aged appearance of Brass that has been allowed to develop a patina, Brass is ultra low-maintenance and completely unique in appearance. And if ever we decide we want a change, or for the magpies among us, tarnished Brass is surprisingly quick & easy to polish and bring back to a gleaming shine.

Follow this simple step to get your brass jewellery sparkling again.

How to quickly & easily polish tarnished Brass

These Brass birch leaf earrings have begun to develop a beautiful (though not to everyone's taste) patina.

This can be a result of being left unworn, or from handling and transferring sweat, oils, sun lotion etc onto to the surface of the brass, which speeds up the oxidation (tarnishing) process.

With distinctive darker golden tones, aged brass has a matte appearance which in time will deepen and develop into a beautiful and characterful patina.

What it may lack in sparkle, it certainly makes up for in character and depth.

using a polishing cloth to remove tarnish from brass jewellery

To remove a light patina, simply rub with a polishing cloth (silver polishing cloth is fine).

You can be quite firm when rubbing, but do be mindful of the more delicate parts of the jewellery, eg. earwires which could be easily bent out of shape.

When rubbing between your finger and thumb, you should quite quickly see the patina lift and the sparkle return.

It is normal for the cloth to turn black - do not wash the cloth as that will remove the impregnated polish and therefore prevent it from working again.

Quickly & easily polish more stubborn tarnished brass

If the patina is more established, you might find a dry polishing cloth won't remove it. In this instance, you will need to use a tiny dab of Brasso liquid on a soft cloth (soft yellow duster or microfibre cloth), or a tiny amount of Brasso wadding, and follow the steps below:

using brasso to remove patina from brass jewellery

Take a tiny piece of Brasso wadding (or a very small dab of Brasso liquid on a soft cloth) and rub it over the Brass to lift the patina.

Be mindful of the more delicate jewellery components, like earwires, so that they are not damaged or bent out of shape.

excess brasso appears as a black residue after polishing brass jewellery

You will notice a black residue appear - this is normal and means it is working!

wash excess brasso in warm soapy water and rinse

Wash off any excess Brasso in warm soapy water

dry and buff for a final polish of your brass jewellery

Rinse and dry your jewellery thoroughly with a soft, lint-free cloth, and give a gentle buff

beautifully sparkling brass jewellery after being cleaned

Enjoy your sparkling clean jewellery again!

It is remarkable how quickly & easily - and how satisfying - it is to polish tarnished Brass and restore it to it's original gleam. I urge you to give it a go and marvel at the transformation!

I hope you enjoyed this post - if you did, please consider signing up to my email letters, a quiet invitation to reflect and connect, as well as the usual perks of early access to new collections and offers, and tips and advice and personal writings from me.


Featured Posts
Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Classic
  • Google Classic
bottom of page