People who do renovation work or build rustic new houses are often in the market for black hardware — hinges, latches or just ordinary nuts, washers and bolts. But the right sizes may not be available in black, and when they are, they’re more expensive than their silvery counterparts. I permanently blacken my hardware with gun blueing. The package directions are easy to follow, and the finish doesn’t chip off. Two suppliers are Birchwood Casey (www.birchwoodcasey.com) and Metal Blueing Products Inc., New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801.
Gerald R. Jacob, Kaysville, UT
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #17