Patina acid may react with air on different humidity levels and due to this, stained glass items require a special care to maintain the shiny and new look. Color of the item may change in time, as the air and the humidity will cause an oxidation layer on the surface, just like it happens with the wood, leather and all other natural materials. Regular waxing will help you to keep your item new & shiny.
Cleaning & Waxing
The product not just aesthetically adapts to the space where it is placed, it also adapts to the physical environment. Product coloring process is entirely a chemical reaction started with patina acid and this acid may react with air on different humidity levels. If you notice a slight color change on your object; please consider it as a favor of chemistry and the air working together. However, regular waxing will ruin this collaboration.
Waxing an Item with Black FinishBefore waxing, wash the product gently and dry it until it is completely dry. Do not use chemicals on it. Do not scratch the soldered parts while cleaning & drying cause the patina can be harmed. A car or furniture wax would do a great job but, note that some waxes may contain corrosive substance and this will remove the black patina. So never use a wax contains corrosive substance on an item with black finish. If you're not quite sure about the ingredients, try the wax first on an unseen area on the object to see the result and then apply to all.
Waxing an Item with Copper Finish
Before waxing, wash the product gently and dry it until it is completely dry. Do not use chemicals on it. Copper patina is way too gentle than black patina so never scratch the soldered parts while cleaning & drying. Gently apply any wax with a cotton pad until your object gets brighter.
Waxing an Item with Silver Finish
Easy peasy. Silver items do not require a chemical coloring process as solder is silver too. The only thing you need to do is to wax your object with any kind of wax. This time, you don't need to be that gentle since you don't need to worry about removing a patina layer.
If you decide to show an advanced care to your object, you'll need patina acid that matches your product's color and some Q-Tips. Make sure you protect your hands with rubber gloves before you started to play with patina. Pour some patina acid into a small container, dip the Q-Tip and gently touch the solder lines with the Q-Tip until it gets darker (for black items) or brighter (for copper items)
Our products contain certain amount of lead as of most stained glass items. They are harmless to human health unless you’re clever enough not to lick it. (We know you two are in love but just don’t)
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