Saturday, March 9, 2013

Patina green ...

It is said that artist August Rodin was so fond of green patina on metal that he had his assistants urinate on his bronze sculptures to accelerate the oxidation. I'm quite fond of the verdigris on metals, too, but I'll pass on Rodin's process, thank you.



Image via eHow.

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.


Image via Authentic Fauxhemian.

Artistically, patina is that enchanting green that illustrates the passage of time and imparts an historic character.

Image via Umbrella Laboratory.

I feel an immediate attraction to every item aged by a layer of green patina.


 

Images above via This Ivy House (left) and Mud Puddle Madonna(right).

Even items that have no reason to boast of a distinguished past are given a verdigris finish with artfully applied layers of paint.

Image via Rebecca Plotnick.

Patina green landed on my favorites list long ago, and I love looking at these beauties for more inspiration!

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