Does any body have any luck in staining or creating real patina on aluminum?? Paint is paint and i want my work to have deep coloration. Any and all comments ...
[It is possible to attain a black patina on aluminum- I've used Aluma-Black from Birchwood Casey. I've never seen any other patina colors for it, though. One thing you might consider is anodization- this is an electrical process that embeds a dye color (some recipes use regular Rit brand fabric dye) in the outer layers of the metal. It can also harden the surface considerably. Here's a link to a fellow that's done it himself on a small scale, for telescope parts: http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Galaxy/7004/ ]
Check out Ron Young's site: http://www.sculptnouveau.com/
He has a great video on steel and aluminum patinas, plus dyes, etc. Good site. Regards, Don Thompson Metalsmith
Contact Karl Reichley, Master Patineur. Tell him I referred you.
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