Bronzing attempt

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Project by Bob Collins posted 06-04-2012 11:39 PM 1367 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Segmented vase with grape vine carving, perspex dots and my first attempt at bronzing. I dimpled, painted with acrylic copper paint and then mixed Lime Wax with acrylic paint to the colour verdigris (well I got close)
and rubbed onto the dimpled part when set I hand sanded to expose the paint leaving the wax in the dimples.
Well that is what was supposed to happen. Has anyone hints on bronzing, comments welcome.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 06-05-2012 02:37 AM

Very colourful piece Bob, never had a go at the bronzing so can’t help you there, nice bit of carving with the grapes
Cheers mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Sam Shakouri

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#2 posted 06-05-2012 06:35 AM

I heard about bronzing for the first time, but whatever it is, I see nice result in here. I like the aging look on the vase. I know how to turn timber to timber, but not to bronze and you did very well in this regard.
Well done, Bob.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 10:29 AM

Thanks Pete, Sam. Chris Smith from W.Aus. told me about bronzing wood but I lost the notes.
Adding the right amount of black to the copper paint and then to get the wax to the colour verdigris is the key.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 11-24-2012 10:32 AM

Very cool work. Is bronzing another name for patination? If so lots of info on it web. I’ve never done any yet.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 11-24-2012 11:08 AM

Thanks for that Geoff, I have had a quick look on the web and there sure is some info there. Patination seems to refer more to metal, the colour I tried to get with the lime wax and acrylic paint is “verdigris” which is the green that forms on copper when weathered. The method I used was dimple or rough the surface of the vase
paint with metallic copper paint which has a dash of black paint added. Acrylic paint is added to Lime Wax until the required colour is achieved, then coated on the surface and let to dry. I used a Dremel with sanding rollers to take of the excess wax leaving the remaining was left in the dimples or crevices with the copper showing.
I finished it with a coat or gloss clear polyurethane. I don’t think I got it 100% and hope you have success when you try, look forward to seeing your post.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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