Traditional patinas are mixtures of chemicals that react with the surface of metal to create different colors. The most common formulas are available here as pre-mixed solutions. Many additional formulas are available in the books and videos. The Japanese Brown and Darkening patinas work particularly well on iron and steel.
This antiquing patina works with bronze, brass, copper and the metal coatings. It ages and darkens the metal. This may be the only patina applied to the metal or it may be the base colour.
This blue indoor patina is for bronze, brass, copper and the metal coatings.
Ferric Nitrate/Ferric Chloride is a hot patina for bronze, brass, and copper.
Japanese Brown is a brown patina for iron and steel, which may be applied hot or cold. This patina will create a golden color on bronze, brass, and copper.
This is a mixture of potassium sulfides which has traditionally been used to darken or ‘antique’ silver and bronzes. This is usually called ‘oxidizing’ the surface though it has nothing to do with oxygen, what is really happening is that sulfur is reacting with the surface to produce the grays and blacks.
Vista patinas are a two part patina combined in one solution. First, a traditional base patina reacts with the metal to produce a beautiful green on bronze, brass, and copper, or an exquisite rust on iron and steel. Next, colored oxides are added to this base resulting in a unique marbled patina.
Tan is a patina for all metals and may be applied hot or cold.
This patina is for bronze, brass, copper and the metal coatings.