Putting an even patina on Brass

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MartinM says:

If I ever have need to give a brass part an even and bright patina, I'll use some old cleaning solution and a bar of lead after polishing the part(s).

Just put it in the solution with the parts you want darkened.
I learned about this by forgetting to remove the lead balls from an anniversary clock pendulum I was removing the lacquer on and attempting to brighten up a bit in the Purple Power. I left it in while I was out of town for a couple of days and it was a nice shiny caramel color when I pulled it out. Doing this ruins the solution unless you want to keep it for only this purpose.
One or two wheel weights would probably work just as well as bar lead.
 

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The cleaning solution in use here is called "Purple Power" and is available at many auto parts stores and Walmarts, in the US.
 
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