Fantastic Patina for Base Metals


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Baldwin's Patina is a perfect solution for making your copper pop in the design when you are mixing it with silver, bronze or steel clay or metal.  

Here are the steps:

  1. Sand your work smooth using 600 grit sandpaper.  Patina has a hard time sticking to metal that is really smooth.
  2. Put a few drops of Baldwin's Patina on the surface. 
  3. Using a cotton swab, spread the patina across the surface.
  4. Rub the piece with your fingers in a bowl of warm water (gloves are always a good idea when working with chemicals of any kind).
  5. Repeat until you have reached the desired patina.
  6. Wash your piece thoroughly with a baking soda saturated solution to neutralize the patina.

When working with steel clay, apply it very quicky with cotton swab and rinse immediately.  Otherwise it will darken the steel drastically.

The Baldwin Patina will not patina silver.

3 Responses to Fantastic Patina for Base Metals

  1. I am looking for a 'best practice' finish for the White Bronze I have fired.
    It sounds like Baldwins Patina is a good option. Do you have any other
    recommendations for a Rookie?

    Thank You!

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