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Metal Coloring With Chemicals


Hi, I'm Jim Snyder. I don't want to give the wrong impression so I'll tell you that I am a retired welding, Metal Fab. and metal sculpture instructor from Jackson Comm. Jackson Mi. I have a metal sculpture studio called The Golden Anvil. I have been an active sculptor for over 40 yrs. and I color metals mostly with heat and cooling. My attempt at using chemicals (mostly on copper and/or brass) for patina coloring has been less than successful. Most often the coloring doesn't work or else it is powdery and rubs off. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

Thank You, Jim

James J Snyder (deceased 2006)
The Golden Anvil - Spring Arbor Michigan USA


Hello, Jim.

We have a FAQ on copper and brass patinas which may be of a little help. Regards,

Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey


I am looking for immersion colors on steel. Please guide me to related books available.

Thanks with regards,

- Ludhiana, Punjab, India


To whom it may concern-
If this site is still being maintained, I was wondering if I could talk to anyone who knew Mr. Snyder, so that I may be able to write about his work for Spring Arbor University (as I am a student, writing a paper for my Adv. Reporting class) My name is Gerald Slaby and if anyone can help me to feature him (and info about his wonderful cross statue on campus) I would appreciate it, very much. Thank you for your time
Gerald Slaby

Gerald Slaby
- Jackson, Michigan

Ed. note, Nov. 2010: All threads on this website are active and maintained. Mr. Snyder's posting was made in 2000, and we regret to inform the readers that he passed away in 2006. Sorry, we knew nothing of him or his work, but the cross statue that Mr. Slaby mentions can be seen on the cover of the alumni journal at

I am looking for a Black copper finish for an industrial application, without sending out my prototype to get a PVD Boron Carbide finish.
I have been told there is a product called "Black Ice", has anyone heard of this or know of a good long wearing finish for Copper? Any input is appreciated.

Eldon G Kohler
- Vancouver
March 7, 2012

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