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FAQ: Patinas on Copper, Brass, and Bronze
by Ted Mooney <>
- This page is intended for those many callers who ask something
like: "I want to put a red (brown, black, green) patina on my
copper (brass) statuary (mailboxes, gutters, sun dials)".
- Related letters already
- This question has been the topic of almost countless letters
here. See letters #790,
3055 for the first dozen as
a start, or Search the
Site for many more.
- Additional resources on
- See Tom Pullizzi's notes on a
patina formula from The
- But if you have a serious interest in
patinizing. . .
- There are hundreds of different colors of patinas possible and
it is impossible to verbally describe them. So you may want to
borrow from your library or buy:
The Colouring, Bronzing, and Patination of
Metals by Richard Hughes, and Michael Rowe--which
contains 200+ color plates and a thousand formulas.
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