What is a patina?
Most people have noticed a green protective layer on copper roofs, cathedrals, and historical objects. Generally speaking, patina can refer to any fading, darkening, or change in color that is felt to be a natural sign of metal aging, and patination refers to the intentional application of chemicals to develop a patina. While an archeologist may see this as color that develops overtime with years of oxidation, many contemporary makers are speeding up the process and creating these rich copper derived patinas in a matter of hours. (...read more)