About Patina

Although patina tends to fade away over time, and I have not been able to find a reliable way to preserve it, I am still curious about what makes it happen. I have tried both kinds of carbon, new and old, and the results were the same. I did notice, though, that the more pieces I have in the box, the less patina I get. The amount of carbon, relative to the number of pieces in the box, seems to make a difference.

In the past few days I have been emptying the box into a sieve while the carbon was still very hot. The colors were amazing. Here are the colors on fired copper right off a very hot box:

If you try it, be careful. Wear a mask and goggles and hold the box with insulating gloves. Take the box out with a kiln fork and lay it on an incombustible surface like concrete or bricks.

One Response to “About Patina”

  • Cathy Says:

    I notice that the pieces I have fired have a better patina on the bottom of the piece. I place the front of my pieces face down rather than face up in the carbon. My last group of bronze had wonderful color.

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