Embracing the Timeless Beauty of Raw Brass in Sazerac Stitches Lighting April 27 2024, 0 Comments

At Sazerac Stitches, we believe that every detail matters when it comes to crafting exceptional lighting fixtures. One of the elements we are particularly passionate about is raw brass. Let's delve into what raw brass is and why it holds a special place in our designs.

brass lighting parts laid out

What is Raw Brass?

Un-lacquered brass, also known as raw brass, is brass that is intentionally left unsealed to allow for natural oxidation to occur. This process is what gives raw brass its distinct patina and beautiful character over time. Unlike lacquered brass, which maintains a consistent appearance, raw brass evolves and matures, adding a unique charm to each fixture.

brass lighting components laid out on table

The Beauty of Patina

As raw brass ages, it darkens and develops a patina, showcasing natural color variations and subtle marks resulting from the manufacturing process. This patina is a testament to the authenticity and quality of the brass, reflecting its journey and history. It's the imperfections like scratches, scuffs, and swirl marks that give raw brass its character and individuality.

Aged Brass & Raw Brass Directly from the manufacturer

Understanding the Process

It's important to note that raw brass components in our lighting fixtures are genuine solid brass, without any plating. This authenticity ensures durability and longevity, allowing the metal to age gracefully over time.

Caring for Raw Brass

While raw brass is cherished for its evolving patina, it's essential to handle it with care. To maintain its beauty, we provide a pair of gloves with each fixture to be used during installation and handling. Bare hands can accelerate tarnishing, so wearing gloves helps preserve the brass's natural shine.

Wearing gloves to install a raw brass fixture is always a good idea. It prevents oils from transferring onto the brass.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Over time, raw brass may develop spots, scuffs, or scratches, adding to its character. Cleaning and restoring the patina can be done using a brass cleaning cloth, a brass cleaner like Bar Keepers Friend, or lightly sanding with fine-grit sandpaper (1000 grit or higher). These methods help rejuvenate the brass while preserving its unique qualities.

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Embrace the Timeless Appeal

At Sazerac Stitches, we celebrate the timeless appeal of raw brass. It's not just a material; it's a story of craftsmanship, authenticity, and beauty that evolves with time. Each raw brass fixture tells a tale of craftsmanship and attention to detail, making it a cherished addition to any space.

 Retro Bathroom makeover features brass and glass wall sconce, pink wallpaper, black and white flooring
Olive green bathroom with an oversized brass wall sconce with pink accents Brass floral chandelier in a teal blue room with a painted ceiling.


Raw brass is more than just a material; it's a statement of elegance and authenticity. With proper care and appreciation for its natural evolution, raw brass lighting fixtures from Sazerac Stitches become timeless pieces that add warmth and character to any environment.

We invite you to explore our collection of raw brass lighting fixtures and experience the enduring beauty of this exceptional material.  

Thank you for joining us on this journey of craftsmanship and artistry!

 Brass and Black small chandelier with ball details Brass wall sconce with leaf-like accents. Small beautiful wall sconce
Brass wall sconce or ceiling light fixture in the shape of the Leo Constellation Brass wall sconce with cast brass details in the shape of a flower. Designed and made in New Orleans by Sazerac Stitches
Black and brass geometric ceiling chandelier pastel blue and brass bathroom wall sconce with two sockets
Large Brass chandelier with clear glass globes Pink & Brass Two light modern victorian wall sconce