I can cross something off my blog list! I received my first rude comment and here it is: “In my opinion, you took a few thousand dollars worth of quality brass lamps and turned them into cheap-looking junk.”
So my friends, this obviously leads to the question of how you can tell if something is solid brass or not.
If you are wondering which post this comment belongs to, it was left on my painting brass plated lamps post.
HERE is the entire post.
First off I need to say that my feelings were not hurt and I’m not angry either. But I do feel like I have to reply to it, not only in the reply box under his comment but officially with this post. A major reason for giving my reply an entire blog post is to clarify the solid brass versus brass-plated debate. So here it goes…
How to tell if something is brass
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Dear Thom, I don’t know how you can tell in my photos that these are quality brass lamps?
Let me demonstrate something to you with this photo:
Do you see all the items stuck to the lamps? Well, they are my children’s magnets! What does that mean?
Magnets do not stick to “quality” solid brass since brass isn’t magnetic. This shows you that these lamps are brass plated which usually means that there is steel or cast iron underneath the brass plating.
If the magnets don’t stick chances are it is solid brass. In some cases, it could be white metal with a brass plating though too and you can only tell by scratching the gold surface to see if there is silver underneath or shiny gold. If the scratch reveals shiny gold then it is indeed solid brass.
So let me tell you, I didn’t ruin thousands of dollars worth of quality brass but I chose to paint brass plated steel or cast iron.
Another example is the below photo of my brass-plated shelf that I painted. The magnets stick as well:
I actually recently painted that shelving unit white. You can see the transformation HERE.
Now see my little owl in the next photo?
The magnets do not stick!!! It’s solid brass and guess what? I didn’t paint it, because if you would have been following my blog, then you would actually know that I have developed quite the love for “quality” brass and embraced it in my home. I would definitely not want to paint it.
Below is one of my favorite Goodwill finds ever which is a large brass-plated planter. There are lots of beautiful brass-plated pieces as well, I’m not saying everything brass-plated is junk and should be painted.
One more thing, even if I would have painted “quality” brass, there is such a thing as paint strippers, which would restore the former beauty of a painted brass piece. Painting it doesn’t mean it’s ruined or turned into junk.
I’d certainly be willing to strike a deal with you and strip the lamps again, so I could sell you the “quality” brass pieces for thousands of dollars.