This is raw brass and it will vary in color. Newer brass will vary from a golden to a red color and older (vintage) brass will have a natural patina or darkening on it. Please expect that each piece will have a different color to it. Raw brass contains machine oil that will need to be cleaned before you use it. A simple way to clean raw brass is with dish soap and warm water. You can use a toothbrush or a soft brush to clean items. Rinse and dry items immediately to prevent color from turning. Now the pieces are ready for you to create.