The images below are representative of the patinas on our aged metal products, whether it be on full or cut metal sheets, tabletops, bar tops, statement pieces, other features, and décor items. We have aged copper, aged brass, aged zinc, aged pewter, and aged steel. Aged copper is available in brown, blue and green patinas. Aged brass in shades of brown and aged zinc in several patterns.
All finishes are rustic, hand applied, shade and patterns do vary. Pictures below are typical. You can also view larger zoomable images on this link.
The patination process is artisan in nature, each piece we make is unique, this is because there are many variables including the person tasked with job, the application technique, the chemicals used, even the season of the year can cause variation. As such it is practically impossible to get two pieces the same. This all adds to uniqueness which is a USP. We have done many statement pieces such as wall hangings, for example, three pieces of aged copper with blue azure, each framed and hung side by side to create a great piece of artwork, each piece showing copper and blue tones in random patterns, the whole display accented with up lighting.
After the patination process the aged metals are treated with Renaissance wax, Bee’s wax, or clear lacquer, depending upon the end use and customers specification.
Wax gives more of a natural appearance and can be maintained by periodically reapplying and polishing off, (with a soft microfiber soft edged cloth). If the job is a wall hanging or décor item that is not frequently handled the appearance should remain constant. On the other hand, the patina can be used as a starting point in the aging process, frequent handling and other traffic adds more patina and the item becomes more and more rustic, this is the case with many of our tabletop and bar top installs. The maintenance in such cases is washing with soapy water followed by drying and maybe the reapplication of wax. Many copper, brass or zinc bar tops are just washed and dried, this process alone creates patina variation between areas of high and low use but the whole thing just blends to become lived in and rustic.
The alternative to waxing is clear lacquering, we have two lacquers, one is more expensive than the other and is more suited to items that get used frequently and have higher traffic, the other lacquer is less hard wearing but quite adequate for decorative items.
Lacquer does affect the appearance to a degree, obviously because it is paint on top of the patina. It can slightly brighten the substrate patina colour which can be a good thing. It is all part of the customer’s choice. Again, being a paint traffic across the lacquer can cause scuffs.
Note that aged copper with verdigris or blue patina are only supplied with a lacquer finish, this is because the patina has a surface texture and needs to be sealed with several coats of lacquer.
Aged Corten steel also has a light texture, the patina rust, if used indoors for decorative effect and people can brush against it then sealing is recommended to stop patina transfer to clothes. We normally apply lacquer, but beeswax can be used although this does darken the tone. When used outdoors it is normal not to treat the Corten patina but leave it to develop through shades of light brown into dark chestnut browns after years of exposure to the elements.
Outdoors in the elements copper will naturally patina through shades of brown to black then ultimately to green after maybe 10 years. Brass goes through shades of brown and towards black and zinc ends up a mid-grey colour.