Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Repairing Furniture with Brass Angle Installations

Furniture designers often use brass to accentuate their creations because of the alloy’s innate sheen and sparkle. Brass can mimic the appearance of gold and add aesthetic value and charm to any piece. This is why many antique collectors look beyond the wooden carvings in unique items, but also on the beautiful brass work on them.

Over the years, tables, chairs, and shelves lose their structural integrity, and the sparkle of the brass accessories attached to them tend to fade. However, true craftsmen don’t see these as reasons to throw furniture away. Rather, it opens up an opportunity to get inspired and to breathe new life into treasured pieces.

Restoring and Strengthening

A broken chair leg can be stabilized with brass angle attachments. The angles can be secured between the leg and the chair with brass screws. Just ensure that they are the appropriate length so that they don’t protrude on the wood’s surface. If a shelf looks uneven or wobbly, brass angles can be used to secure them onto a wall.

Cleaning and Beautifying

Furniture and decorative home items restored with brass will remain beautiful for years if you follow correct cleaning procedures. While there are commercially-available solutions for polishing brass, you can use household items to attain the same effect. Mildly acidic mixtures of lemon juice or vinegar with water can clear off any tarnished portions on the brass. After applying the cleaner, simply wipe off the excess with a slightly damp cloth. To protect the alloy, acid cleaning solutions on brass should only be used once a month, or as needed.

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