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The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals

A Manual for Fine Metalworkers, Sculptors and Designers

Richard Hughes, Michael Rowe


An essential reference book for metalwork practitioners and all those involved in sculpture, architecture, design and the decorative arts


The techniques of metal colouring, bronzing and patination are assuming a new importance in contemporary fine metalwork and design. Richard Hughes and Michael Rowe have assembled and tested the recipes included in this book, which is the most comprehensive work on the subject currently available, an essential reference and sourcebook for practitioners and all those involvoved in sculpture, architecture, designs and the decorative arts. It brings together hundreds of recipes and treatments previously scattered in a variety of old books and technical papers, and provides the artist-craftsman with a very wide range of coloured finishes.


'I am so impressed by this book it's hard to know where to start'

'A meticulous piece of research, immaculately presented'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.5 x 20.5 cm

Extent: 372 pp

Illustrations: 275

Publication date: 4 February 1991

ISBN: 9780500015018

About the Author

Richard Hughes was Dean of Art History and Conservation at the Camberwell College of the Arts.

Michael Rowe is an artist and designer who lectures in Metalwork at the Royal College of Art in London.

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