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Patinated bronze refers to a technique whereby after bronze works have been polished, a patina is applied. This patina is is a thin layer of chemical compounds that forms on the surface of metals.
By applying a patina, an artist has greater degree of control over the final colour and finish of a work. For example, works of bronze that have been exposed to sulphur compounds become an attractive deep brown colour, which can then be polished to create the desired effect.
Patinated bronze was a particularly popular method in the creation of 18th and 19th Century antique sculpture, owing to the rich, sumptuous appearance that it creates. Patinated bronze is a technique that retains its appeal in the present day, with many contemporary artists choosing to finish their bronze sculptural works by applying a delicate layer of patina.
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