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    Default Varnishing bronze

    Hello all,

    What product would you recommend to lacquer bronze pieces/metal clay in general?

    I want to put a dark patina on areas of a piece that are raised, and the darkwill rub off; I am hoping there is some sort of glaze that can be added to protect those parts?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Everything will eventually rub off areas of high friction, but the most hard wearing will be a spray can of polyurethane lacquer, or cellulose lacquer.
    It is toxic and will go everywhere, so is best done out of doors on a windless day. Read the instructions and use 2 light coats from a distance.

    That said, the modern patina solutions such as Platinol and Noirit are quite hard wearing in their own right and slight wear gives a pleasant antique look. They don't cover solder well though. Dennis.

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    Thank you, Dennis!
    Would this be a good choice? http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebas...--400ml-581400

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    I'm with Dennis I'd go with patination. Any varnish will get patchy with wear and will look really unsightly but that's personal choice

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    Thanks Caroline,

    I've got the patina I want with liver of sulphur, but it keeps rubbing off. Do the 2 products mentioned by Dennis give a more permanent finish and which is better?

    I see noirit is sold by the litre; that's quite a lot for the tiny job I want to do!

    Oooo and - will they work on bronze? It doesn't say that on the website...

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    The patina shouldn't really rub off to that extent. You maybe need to build layers of a more diluted solution to bring it to the colour and buff up with a soft cloth. I prefer platinol, slightly less smelly but again not sure how any of these work on bronze. I can't comment on the varnished as I have never used them.

    The bronze is another matter, not sure if anyone on here uses bronze much:/

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