The natural aged Verdigris effect that appears on bronze sculpture or ornament is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. Only after many years of weathering from the elements will bronze begin to take on the expected viridian tones known as patina.
Valuable bronze sculpture should be conserved by routine cleaning to prevent any patina occurring. But commonly bronze sculpture is left to its own devises.
This Henry Moore bronze sculpture has developed a beautiful verdigris patina.
Verdigris bronze is a familiar sight within the gardens of stately homes and country houses where bronze sculptures are often displayed. The beautiful bluey green tones blend subtly with natural garden colours and add character and charm.
Hercules at Portmeirion with an almost pastel mint green verdigris.
Verdigris finishing is an option for clients looking for a natural aged effect on new garden ornament but without the wait. Brilliant effects are achieved that emulate the grand matured garden ornament. Metal and stone sculpture can be finished to resemble solid bronze at varying degrees of age and patina.
Artistic Metals have just completed their latest commission of Verdigris Finishing a life-size cast metal discus thrower.
The starting point – The basic cast iron statue needed remedial work to smooth and repair any pits and defects within the cast surface.
First the cast iron statue was shot blast and primed.
There was a fair amount of pits and holes on the surface of the cast.
That done the statue was then anti-corrosion treated. The Verdigris/patina effect was then skilfully created using Artistic Metals specialist aging formula.
Bright gold highlights were placed on selected parts to add the final touch!
The Verdigris will continue to mature over time.
Artistic Metals specialise in decorative metal finishing and have a standard range that includes Verdigris, 3 shades of bronze, silver, copper and brass. Natural aged bronze is one stage before Verdigris.
Artistic Metals are based in Uckfield, East Sussex. 01825 763485