What makes it green? Any way to clean this? It looks so much like old Chinese pottery.
For your first question. Your cymbal is oxidized, and the green color is called patina
Initially, bare Cu metal atoms react with air to form the pink oxide, cuprite, Cu2O, which has Cu+1 cations. This gradually oxidizes further to the black oxide, tenorite, CuO, with Cu+2 ions. The black sulfide CuS also sometimes forms. In the presence of moisture, the blackish layer slowly reacts with sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide from the air to eventually form the patina, which is a mixture of 3 minerals:
brochantite, a green, hydrated copper sulfate, Cu4SO4(OH)6
malachite, the green, hydrated copper carbonate Cu2CO3(OH)2
azurite, the blue, hydrated copper carbonate Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
To clean it, you could search using keyword
clean oxidized copper and choose one that is appropriate to you.
This cymbal is an alloy of copper and tin. The green coulor is the a phenomene of the oxidation of copper. It can be cleaned and will disappear by a chemical reduction with hydrogenium.
the link of wiki says:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [wikipedia page]
Cymbals are made from four main alloys, all of them copper-based. These are: bell bronze, malleable bronze, brass, and nickel
How to polish:
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But this point had to be added:
The question should be answered not with advises how to clean a cymbal. More helpful would be how to avoid this oxidation: The cause is the humidity. Keep your band room dry.
Yes oxidation, and all the scientific stuff everyone was mentioning. I have seen sweat, spit, and assortments of alcoholic beverages turn cymbals into this color. Essentially moisture and air as I believe a few have said.
To clean it all you need is some Brasso (or comparable metal polish), a cloth, and some elbow grease. Take your time, work in sections and wax on, wax off till you get the shine you want.