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Acid Patina

Acid Patina.  Any artificial coloring of metal in which an acid is employed. Because a large number of patina solutions are acidic, this is used for somewhat of a general – but inaccurate – term for all patinas. Those patina finishes for which acids are used in particular are torch finish and immersion finish techniques; torch where the acid is brushed on simultaneously with heating of the bronze with a blowtorch, and immersion patina where the object is totally immersed for a number of days. Among the 1,126 recipes for patina finishes listed by Hughes and Rowe in their 1983 work, approximately half are acid patinas.  See patina.

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P6 {1983} Hughes and Rowe

excerpted with permission from

An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators

COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON

Roger W. Burdette, Editor


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