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Brown Patina for bolsters


#1

I’m trying to find the best way to patina engraved and gold inlayed
silicone bronze knife bolsters. The inlay is 24k gold and the
surface of the bolsters have been polished to 2000grit. Would like
find the right method so the gold contrasts brightly from the
patinated bronze. Ant ideas for this will be most welcome.


#2

I’ve done some bronze sculpture and have used Jax brown patina (made
for stained glass) to achieve a beautiful brown finish on bronze.


#3

Kevin, if I understand correctly what you want to achieve I can tell
you what Lynton McKenzie does or ‘did’.

When he has finished inlaying the gold and has taken it down to the
surface he uses a square graver to make a cut right next to the gold
and then fills that cut with black expoxy or black paint. Others have
used black rustoleum paint. The cut is very small but with the black
it really pops. The fact that you’re talking about bronze probably
wouldn’t matter. I think the effect would be the same.

As for L McKenzie the words are from his mouth via his videos. Hope
that’s helpful

KPK


#4
I'm trying to find the best way to patina engraved and gold
inlayed silicone bronze knife bolsters. The inlay is 24k gold and
the surface of the bolsters have been polished to 2000grit. Would
like find the right method so the gold contrasts brightly from the
patinated bronze. Ant ideas for this will be most welcome. 

I was just playing with CoolTools’ new stabilized liver of sulfur gel
on some silicone bronze today. I heated the bronze pieces (small
charms) in hot tap water, then brushed some of the gel on them
straight from the jar. They turned a matte coal black. When dried
and polished with 3m radial bristle disks, they remained quite dark
with subtle golden-bronze highlights on the highest points. Neat
effect. More buffing lightened the patina even more. Info on the
stabilized LOS gel: http://tinyurl.com/lyfwkm

Kathy Johnson
Feathered Gems Jewelry
http://www.featheredgems.com
http://www.fgemz.com