Finishes & Patinas

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Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals, The

Hughes and Rowe

This extraordinary book, the product of Camberwell College of Arts in Britain, brings together hundreds of recipes and treatments previously scattered in old books and papers. Classified by color and surface finish, metal artists now have access to tested and evaluated recipes for a wide range of colored finishes. Photographs and lucid explanations document the results.  Problems with techniques are openly discussed.

If you are a committed bronze artist or crafts person and you want to get good patinas you need this book! It boasts over 1000 distinct patina formulas and an incredible bibliography.

*Note the recipes in this book are only for copper, brass, bronze, and silver.

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Finishing: Methods of Work (Wood)

Richey

All the best techniques for completing a wide variety of projects. How to select and apply finishes, which tools to use to achieve desired effects, how to color wood, and how to repair damaged finishes. The best tips from the "Methods of Work" column in Fine Woodworking over the past 25 years.

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Patinas for Small Studios

Lewton-Brain

This paper describes safer, easy patination methods for metals that involve easily obtainable and even kitchen chemicals to produce blues, greens, browns, blacks, grays and reddish tones on metals.  Cupric nitrate patination, which gives a wide range of controllable green, blue, black and brown color options is extensively discussed.  Paint types which emulate patinas are mentioned.  Application methods and options for pattern and surface control are described.