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Technically, patina is a coating of various oxides, carbonates, sulfides, or sulfates formed on the surface of copper, bronze and similar metals when exposed to environmental elements in air and rain.
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Artistically, patina is that enchanting green that illustrates the passage of time and imparts an historic character.
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I feel an immediate attraction to every item aged by a layer of green patina.
Even items that have no reason to boast of a distinguished past are given a verdigris finish with artfully applied layers of paint.
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