How to tarnish bells (unspecified metal)
I have two packages of cheap "jingle bells" from Michael's craft store, one "gold" and one "silver". They are both very bright and shiny, and I want them to have a dull, tarnished look to them. I know that I could paint them, but I need a LOT of bells for my costume, and that would be extremely tedious and time consuming.
I can find lots of information on tarnishing specific types of metal, but I have no idea what these are made of. My best guess would be steel? Maybe aluminum?
Does anyone know a way to tarnish generic cheap metal? (Preferably some sort of soaking method.) Or does anyone know what cheap craft bells would be made out of? Thanks!