Creating Patinas on Silver/Gold leafed wood turnings

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Forum topic by SSMDad posted 07-25-2011 04:05 PM 1772 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2011 04:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe finishing patina leaf

I’ve searched for this both here and google etc but can’t seem to understand what people are talking about.

Here’s the scenario: I’m going to turn a vase that I’d like to gild with gold and silver leaf. I’d also like to create a nice patina to blend it all together with color. How do I make the patina, apply it, etc. The leaf is the easy part but I’ve seen some beautiful pieces that had a chemical patina both here on LJ and elsewhere but the problem (for me) is that nobody seems to say HOW they make and apply the chemicals.

Confusing for a newbie. Any help/pointers/URLs/ideas?


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#1 posted 09-14-2011 04:18 PM

Most patina solutions brush on, wipe on or can be dipped into…

Liver of Sulphur is mostly used on copper to give it a golden brown which can be rubbed off with fine steel wool to allow highlights to show. It is mixed in water and dipped or wiped onto object which is left to stand to allow the reaction to occur. More “liver” solution can be added to deepen colour. Rinsing in water stops the reaction. Dry and seal with lacquer is the norm.

There are many recipes for patinas online—sorry I cant give you much but try this company:

Foils are very fragile so you need to brush any patina solution onto the surface being treated. Foil patinas can be purchased in solution from craft suppliers dealing in foils/leaf.
try this link:

all the best

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