Metal Patination

Metal Patination Techniques for Jewelers and Metalsmiths

  1. Matthew Runfola
  • ISBN 9780500517390
  • 25.40 x 21.50 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 256pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2014

A much-needed practical guide to the patination of metals for all skill levels

‘An inspirational resource’ – The Jeweller
‘An encyclopaedia of beautiful colours and patterns all achievable on steel, copper, silver, bronze and more … the colourant formulas and patination directory make it excellent for reference – there is a wealth of information and exciting prospects packed in for designers to glean from’– Making Jewelry

Metal Patination

Step-by-step sequences walk the beginner through each process
The book is clearly organized by metal and then arranged by colour. Each recipe is illustrated so you can see the final effect, and many feature non-hazardous materials.
Metal Patination

There are scores of possible effects and many variables: Matthew Runfola chooses the most beautiful and arresting, and selects pieces by a range of leading artisans, working on exquisite pieces of jewelry or small-scale metal sculptures. All artists will draw inspiration from the range of work shown here.

Metal Patination

• More than 300 colouration techniques are shown on a variety of metals, including copper, brass, bronze, silver, stainless steel, steel and aluminium.

• Explore application techniques, including immersion, brush application, spraying, fuming, layering, the use of resists, hot and cold applications, and more.

• Learn the durability of patinas and how different metals react to different treatments so you can determine what is right for your own work.

• Understand important safety information including handling and disposing of hazardous or corrosive materials correctly, proper ventilation, setting up a workspace and creating a toolbox.

• Advance your patination skills as you work from beginner-friendly to more advanced surface-treatment techniques.

… and much more!

Matthew Runfola is the proprietor of Runfola Studios, a high-quality contemporary furniture and sculpture design/build business based in Chicago. He also teaches and heads the Metal Sculpture Department at the Evanston Art Center in Illinois. His work can be found in many private collections worldwide.