How-to: A Two-Ingredient Patina Aging Solution

DIY patina tutorial

Skip harsh chemicals or solutions if you’re looking to give a piece of metal a beautiful verdigris tint. All you need is apple cider vinegar and non-iodized salt, both of which can easily be found at almost any market!

This recipe may seem too simple to be true, but it works. Simply combine three parts apple cider vinegar to one part non-iodized sea salt, submerge your metal for about 30 minutes, and let the metal dry. Repeat this process until your metal appears as aged as you would like.

For my Monserat De Lucca necklace, I did five to six applications spaced out over a two-day span to give it a mild verdigris tint. If you want yours to shine like the Statue of Liberty, then keep it up for a few more days!


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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  1. Sarah 12/21/2011 at 12:44 am #

    This is fabulous! I can’t wait to try it out!

    <3 Sarah

  2. nikki 12/21/2011 at 6:19 am #

    Would this work on a silver as well? My gold bow ring from modcloth lost it’s gold color in about a week (sadly). But this might help to renew some of the color and add some visual interest to it.

  3. Lauren Helen 12/21/2011 at 2:52 pm #

    What a great DIY! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  4. j. dunn 12/29/2011 at 5:44 pm #

    add hydrogen peroxide to the mix and see what happens!!

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