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RE: Need the look of patina and bronze


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Mar 09 2004 - 07:54:56 PST

Your third graders have a very cool project! How long from start to finish?

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Subject: Need the look of patina and bronze

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 "patina"....
Susan on Long Island