Description Patinas for Silicon Bronze is a concise compilation of patinas designed for use on this metal alloy as well as many other similar bronze composites used in the casting and/or fabrication of fine art sculpture. Since silicon bronze has become the most common metal used today in the casting of fine art sculpture, this award winning book has become The Bible of artistic patinas for professional artists, art students, museum and independent conservators, and foundry personnel nationally as well as internationally. This book is a reflection of Patrick Kipper s extensive knowledge of the patina process with over 35 years experience, choosing 72 of his more popular individual patina recipes and step by step instructions, along with corresponding color plates. Photographs of finished bronze sculptures are also shown, to give the reader a visual idea of how some of these patinas appear on three dimensional metal surfaces. All of these recipes are for professional hot applications only, but a few examples of cold patina recipes are noted in order to give the reader a well rounded exposure to both schools of patination. The history of patination is discussed as well as a comparison of bronze alloys, metal surface preparation and extensive traditional and contemporary application techniques. Patina on a monumental scale and many problems associated with bronze exposed to the elements is also described in detail. All chemical compounds used in each patina recipe are described in detail along with a chapter devoted exclusively to their possible hazards and emergency first aid. A glossary of terms used in this very secretive art form known as patination is also listed in detail.
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