When we were clearing out the garden shed, we found some old cast iron weights — they were crusted over with vinegar.We didn’t know what they were for, but we thought they were cool and decided to attempt a de-rusting.
It was a success!You can see the restored cast iron weights above, and we also restored some tiny brass weights too.Plus, we learned what the weights were originally used for.
This is how the de-rusting/restoring process went:
The cast iron weights were completely crusted with rust and grime.Who knows how long they had been hanging out in the garden shed.
At first we thought there were just two of them, but as we cleared out the shed, we found three more cast iron weights (for a total of 5), and 3 brass weights.
The brass weights were tarnished, but they weren’t in nearly as bad a shape as the cast iron weights.
We decided to focus on the cast-iron weights first.I went straight to YouTube and started learning about different de-rusting processes.There are a lot of different options, but several talked about how effective simple white vinegar is — plus it’s non-toxic and we already had some on hand.
So we grabbed an old plastic bucket with a lid that we also found in the garden shed, and covered the cast iron weights with a layer of vinegar.We let the weights soak for five days and would check on them each morning.Eventually a sort of loose crust formed and the vinegar turned very, very dark.It looked pretty gross (if you want a peek, check out my珍宝亮点for video).
After five days we pulled the weights out of the vinegar and they were already much improved!A lot of the rust and grime had dissolved.We gave them a light scrub with a metal brush and they looked like this:
Definite progress!But still quite a bit of rust.So we decided to soak them again in with new vinegar.This time, we let them soak for 48 hours, then we pulled them out and gave them a much more thorough scrubbing.
When we were done with that more intense scrubbing, and had gotten off all the loose rust we could (it sort came off like wet, red sand), the weights looked like this:
Much, much better!
But still, you can seem some bits of rust.So we decided to do one last vinegar soak to hopefully loosen up any remaining rust.This time we soaked the weights for 24 hours, and again, used new vinegar.
After the 3rd vinegar soak, we pulled out the weights and used a tiny wire brush attachment and our drill to give them one last scrub.The brush was so tiny — it was perfecting for all the little details.
Before that last power-scrub, I thought there was barely any rust left, but take a look at that towel.It was plain white when we started!So apparently there was more rust in the corners and crevices than I realized.
After the final scrub, we put the weights in the oven for a few minutes, just to make sure they were totally dry, and then we oiled them (the same way you might oil a cast-iron pan), to protect them from further rust.
Here’s how they turned out:
Pretty cool, right?
For the brass weights, it was a much simpler process.First we soaked them in ketchup for an hour.Ketchup was recommended by Bob Vila — and tomato sauce or tomato juice would work as well.
Next we rinsed off the ketchup and polished the brass weights with a microfiber cloth.They shined up beautifully:
The tops are engraved with the weight amount: 100 grams, 50 grams, and 20 grams:
I think they’re so pretty!
While all this restoring was happening, I started doing searches for “老式的法国铸铁砝码” and “老式的法国铜重物.” I learned that these types of weights came as a set and were used to weight produce and spices and that sort of thing.当我开始谈论社交媒体上的权重，法国的朋友会告诉我有关打“坐商”与他们小时候的权重 - 显然他们是一个相当常见的家用物品。
我很好奇，你有没有用醋作为除锈剂？我不能相信它的效果如何了！上次我去逛街，我注意到白色的厨房醋可在8％的精矿和10％的浓缩 - 但也有一个“清洁”醋是可用在14％的精矿。如果我这样做一遍，我肯定会去的最强的浓度。对于我们的下一个醋锈项目中，我将使用蘸醋皱巴巴的锡纸变得有点表面的锈的从我们的旧自行车之一。
我不知道我们将与这些权重做到 - 也许只是把它们作为纸张重量 - 或大个的门挡。但我知道，我对大户型项目中微型项目这样非常感激。有了房子，我们没有得到这样的“成品”的感觉非常频繁 - 这么多的工作正在进行中。因此，它是不错的东西，感觉完成，完成，并标明了我们的名单。特别的东西，竟然那么帅！