Patination of the First Bronze
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).