Bronze patina finish similar to David Mark's technique used on DIY

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 11-14-2007 04:30 AM 11991 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quick overview of the process

Start with stoneware tile, but it could be any material … wood, plaster, metal, interior or exterior …

Alternating coats of copper and liquid bronze solution.

Before last coat is dry, brush or spray, liberal amounts of verde acid patina.

I wear rubber gloves and don’t breath too much >grinzzz< ....

Watch the piece until it gets darker … longer it sits, the darker it gets. When it is as dark as you want or when dry … dry will continue to react, rub thru the patina with steel wool or beartex. Rub hard to get completely back to the base metal. If you rub too much, you can always add more acid or bronzing etc.

I like the materials found on this website. If you surf around the site, there are many examples, tutorial and manuals free to download.

better yet … here is the link to the instruction manual

Photos are the finished tile, carving and green freshly pressed tile.

If there is interest in making tiles start by clicking on my blog's or ask a few questions.
Really is a fun way to make your wood carvings last forever,

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 11-14-2007 04:58 AM

Nice work, Dan! I’m sure you make it sound easier than it is though. You are good at this!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 11-14-2007 05:30 AM

Dan -

Very nice tiles and I love the patina. I am interested in more! Looking forward to more posts in the future.



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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 11-14-2007 12:26 PM


Great information! I really like the look.

Very interesting.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 11-14-2007 02:37 PM

That really does look like an art bronze with a nice patina. This tile thing of yours is just facinating, Dan, you’ve got to keep these coming.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 11-14-2007 03:10 PM

you are an amazing and talented artist Dan. I also like to watch David Marks’ show. I quit paying for the DIY Network when David said that his program was on Haitus. I have all of his episodes on tape, and refer to them whenever I’m doing something in my work that overlaps.

Good work,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 11-14-2007 06:49 PM

Thanks for the info, Dan. Most impressive as always.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 11-14-2007 10:43 PM

Very nice Dan.Thanks for sharing this info.I really want to try this, when I get time.Beautiful work!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#8 posted 11-15-2007 09:41 PM

Another top notch job and explanation of how you did it. I’d like to know how you started making the tiles, what was the inspiration? If you already explained it I apologize for missing it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 11-21-2007 06:03 AM

Green tile from the same mold. fresh out of the kiln today

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-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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