Magic juice is a combination of Apple Cider Vinegar and steel wool. Yes, steel wool, and it will age wood almost instantly! Here’s how to make it. Buy apple cider vinegar with the “mother.” This is a very acidic vinegar, and the acidity will dissolve the steel wool. While you can buy steel wool in the furniture refinishing aisle at Lowe’s, its much cheaper to use SOS pads (or the generic equivalent. If you use them right away, be sure to rinse all the soap out of them. Or, use them until the soap is gone for dishes, then shred them up and save to make your magic juice.
I usually make my magic juice in the vinegar bottle, and if you do this, it’s probably a good idea to put a label on it, so someone doesn’t decide to use it for cooking, or whatever. Once the label is applied to the bottle, simply shred the SOS pad, and stuff it into the vinegar bottle. The magic juice will work best if its allowed to sit for three or four days, but will produce results if it sits overnight.
Magic juice can be put into a spray bottle for applying to larger pieces, or it can be applied to the wood with a rag. For smaller wood pieces, like my clothespin, age the wood by simply soaking in a container of magic juice for a day or so. If the wood is soaked, it won’t lookany different until it is taken out of the juice and dries. The dissolved steel wool provides the gray coloring, so the more steel wool that is dissolved in the vinegar, the darker gray the final color will be. It can also be used to rust some metals, although it can take a bit longer. The hinges on my clothes pins rusted quite nicely!
So, I was able to make my grainsack pillow, with a cute, aged clothespin to hold it closed! I'm on the look out for a few more grain or feed sacks so I can have enough pillows to go across my porch bench!
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