I was able to acheive a great result thoday,but sitting my frag body in my gas fireplace for about 20 mins. It had a nice dark black dust all over it. I rinsed it in cold water lightly just to cool it off and stuck it in the reezer for 15 mins. When I took it off and burshed it off under cold water, it remained very dark...nearly black. I love that it has the darkness that I desire without looking like paint. It is very similar in appearance to bluing. It was easy as pie.. Now to weather the windvane. I couldn't be happier as I was nervous about trying to weahter it myself. I will post some pics later.