"Patina is our pleasure, our expertise and passion"

A great patina completes a sculpture and allows the work to realise its full potential. From classical Florentine Brown to enduring ocean inspired verdigris.  Bold primary colours to delicate lace stippling. Bronze can be guided to do it all, this controlled excitement is often what makes it the obvious choice of fine sculptors.

Patination is a complex art within itself and at Australian Bronze we have focused and prioritised its development as a distinguished aspect of our business. It is an immensely satisfying process and is critical to aesthetic outcome of metal fabrication. We have more than 35 years of experience in this field and have been tutored by the American master Ron Young who helped guide our processes and give our team broadest possible palette of both classical and contemporary finishes.

 
 

Techniques

We employ both hot and cold techniques and use carefully selected, gentle chemicals that are environmentally sound. We have pioneered many contemporary techniques in Australia and are pleased to have acted as consultants and contractor on numerous public works in both restorative patina and on completely new works.

 

Photograph shows patination of Naked Army bronze of Cameron Baird in Florentine Brown with Tanya Bartlett"s Mary Poppins in Background

 

 

Artists involvement 

Patination control gives the sculpt definition and presentation finesse

We welcome artists to work with us on their patination projects or offer tuition to give greater creative control at the clients leisure

 

 

This photograph show sculptor Helen Leete guiding us through the patination for her Sea Nymph maquettes

 
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Projects Include:

  • Patinating the 140 new bronze lanterns for Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • The restoration of the brass work to the heritage MacArthur Chambers in Downtown Brisbane for Apple

  • The antique browning patination of the stainless steel work at John Singleton's home in Mount White for designer Michelle Leslie.

  • The repatination of the flagpoles and bronze work to the Manly bathing Pavilion

  • From Melbourne to Darwin and from Singapore to Port Moresby we have acted as consultants on the preservation and restoration of numerous public sculptures and Architectural work in many cities throughout Australia and the World.