Patina

Patina offers a collection of over 300 metal patination recipes, application instructions, and full-sized samples for anyone working in metals, including jewelers, sculptors, and metal artisans.

Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & MetalsmithsPatina
By Matthew Runfola
Interweave/F-W Media
Retail Price $34.99
Amazon Price: $25.81

Book Description: 

An explosion of patination methods from beginner to advanced skill levels!Patina offers a collection of over 300 metal patination recipes, application instructions, and full-sized samples for anyone working in metals, including jewelers, sculptors, and metal artisans.This all-skill-level book covers steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, bronze, silver, and aluminum. Neatly organized by metal type then by color for ease of reference. Patina discusses variables that affect the overall metal coloration such as surface preparation, chemical formula, application method, and more. Cross-references take you to the variety of patination techniques offered, including immersion, brush application, spraying, fuming, layering, using resists, hot and cold applications, and more. All recipes feature step-by-step illustrated instructions. Patina also discusses safety issues and handling and disposing of hazardous or corrosive materials as well as proper ventilation. This book is an inspirational resource, a how-to guide, and a book that you have long been waiting for.

Review

Patina is film formed naturally on copper and bronze by long exposure or artificially (as by acids).  It is often valued aesthetically for its color.  Patination methods are used with brass, silver, aluminum, and steel as well.  This book contains many samples and ideas for jewelry pieces and other metal working projects.  Explanations are clear and concise.  There is an excellent section on general techniques which can help with patterns for self-created projects.   It offers a broad array of options for patina effects on metal jewelry and I was very pleased.

~Reviewed by John C.

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