I glopped paint stripper on the rest of the insert, and then went to paint more on the Great North Wall. While painting, the insert kept swimming around my brain. No, it made NO sense that the original finish was friggin’ gold paint. Paint! Again, my mind kept repeating: Paint would just bubble off the first time a fire was lighted. It would!
This was all quite vexing.
I finished painting, and returned to the damn vexing insert. I washed off all the stripper, and scoured the whole with a brass wire brush (I love love love those small brass wire brushes!).
As I finished cleaning, something startling was revealed. Startling! AND FABULOUS!!!!!!!!
I WAS FREAKING OUT!
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OMG! This was all so exciting!
I have sent an inquiry to a plating company. Can they recreate the original finish? I mean, there is no way I could just spray-paint the frame/insert copper. No way, man!