Patination of the First Bronze

August 31, 2017

Finally the exciting day arrived.  Yesterday I travelled to Fundere Foundry in Sunshine, Melbourne to collect the first bronze of my figurine "Kickin' Back".  It looked fab in its pure bronze state - but I decided I'd like to see it in a classic dark bronze colouration - so patination began with the application of a sulphur solution and the flame gun.  I watched as it became progressively darker.  When it was a light charcoal colour - the wax coat was added to the hot sculpture - and even without the polishing - it looked great.  Thanks very much to Cameron and his team at the foundry. 

 

The figure is now back home - polished and I'm so pleased. 

 

The image to left is the original figurine in clay before it went off to the foundry.  Alas it's no more - damaged beyond repair during the mould making process. 

 

 

 

 

Here are the photos taken yesterday at the foundry - before patination, during patination with Cameron at the controls and the colour after patination (before polishing).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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