Bronze Patination.

My name is Jamie Crowley. I specialise in the patination, conservation and maintenance of bronze shopfronts and sculptures. I have over ten years of experience in patinating various metals as I have worked for and alongside various companies within this trade. 

There are three services that I can offer. Patination, Maintenance and Repatination.

 

PATINATION.

 

This is the process of applying various chemicals to the metal in order to achieve the required patina. These patinas can range in colour considerably, but the most common tone is a brown bronze. The patination can be carried out either in your workshop or on-site after installation. Wherever the work is undertaken every care will be taken to ensure that all surrounding areas are fully protected. This means floors will be sheeted, walls will be masked out and even ceilings masked out. The immediate area in which the work is carried out is also restricted so that I have sole access. All of this is very necessary as the chemical I use for patinating (toning powder) is a stain at the end of the day that will adhere to most surfaces. Once the required colour is applied it is then sealed with a wax which will protect the finish from the elements while maintaining a natural sheen.

 

MAINTENANCE.

 

This is the process of rewaxing the bronzework. Most bronze shopfronts and sculptures are normally maintained on a monthly basis but this can be carried out as often as you wish.

 

REPATINATION.

 

Unfortunately sometimes, even with regular maintenances, some areas on the bronze will need to be repatinated. This can be caused buy a number of things as you cannot stop wear and tear. The most common reason for repatinating is dogs and in some cases humans urinating on the finish which breaks down the wax and leaves the bronze open to the elements. Normally this results in the area turning green. These areas can be masked out in sections, stripped back to bare metal, patinated and waxed.