Hi Judy. Here is a way to get the paint off you brass hardware. Good luck 640,000 results (0.69 seconds)
Soak painted hardware in hot water to loosen many layers ofpaint and make cleaning much easier. If you want to strippaint from metal without the nasty fumes and mess of chemical strippers, just fill a slow cooker with water and set the dial to high.
How to Remove Paint From Hardware | The Family Handyman