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Need the look of patina and bronze


Date: Mon Mar 08 2004 - 16:04:10 PST

Hi, All,
I need advice as to an easy and non-toxic way to simulate patina and bronze.
I have some ideas, but maybe someone out there has a foolproof way. I'd
appreciate any ideas.

My third graders study about China, so I took them to a museum show of
ancient Chinese vessels. There they saw pottery from thousands of years ago that
included interesting shapes and colors. Lots of clay, but many bronze and patina
turquoise, also. Back in the art room my students made "authentic" forms by
attaching balloons, cups, bowls, etc. for the armatures. Then they covered the
forms with plastercraft. The Chinese language teacher (believe it or not, my
kids learn conversational Chinese in grade 3 with a Chinese language
specialist, no less, LOL..) helped them develop ancient Chinese symbols, like they saw
in the museum, and they added these in relief around their vessels with
non-hardening clay. Another layer of plastercraft, and we are now ready to paint.

Again, I'm waiting to see if anyone has a great formula for "bronzing" and
Susan on Long Island