DIY Cymbal Patina

In this instructable I will show to panita a cymbal in different ways to make them look waethered and give them a warmer sound.

To start with, I got a set of hi hats from a friend who was going to throw them away. These are Zildjian ZBT hats, they are made of B8 bronze, B8 cymbals will panita much easier and better than B20 cymbals. Also, an important step in the patina process is the chemical composition of the patina agents. I used regular white vinegar and salt for the sake of availability. The acid is the main patina agent in most cases, so different acids can be used to get different colors. The salt I recommend is fine grain salt, I have used coarse salt and it does not work as well, another note is that the salt I used was iodized salt and the iodine in the salt helps give the patina a browner look.

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Step 1: Choose a Victim

Like I said before, I used a pair of Zildjian ZBTs that were headed for the trash. These cymbals are made of B8 bronze which is the best for this patina.

Step 2: Choosing the Patina Agents

Again, like I said before, I used salt and vinegar for convenience. The acid is what helps with the color and the oxidization of the bronze. The salt used is to add something for the acid to stick to, the salt also can help oxidize the metal. Fine grain salt works the best from my experience. The chemical composition of the salt can also release different colors, for example, I used iodized table salt, the iodine in the salt is released when the vinegar breaks it down and the iodine creates a brown color.

Step 3: Apply Acid and Salt

A spray bottle is need for the acid so that it can be sprayed on (or if you're fancy like me get a pressurized spray bottle). Once you spray the cymbals, sprinkle the salt on the cymbals. Be careful not to add too much salt, only use a little, if too much is used, then the results won't be as nice.

Step 4: Wait, Rinse and Repeat

Wait for the salt to turn black (if using iodized salt) and wipe off the salt, repeat Step 3 and 4 until results are to your standards.

Step 5: Finish the Cymbal

I used a simple mix of beeswax and olive oil to finish my cymbals, if the cymbal isn't finished, it will turn a nasty foggy green.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Most Important step, enjoying the product.

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    Interesting. I have many times polished a cymbal to remove tarnish. But I never thought about doing the reverse.