what about pinting the vessels first with acrylic paint- then brushing thin drybrush layers over the top with copper or boronze or gold pearlescent paint? It would show off the reliefs well. Just did this on my kindies fossil pinch [pots and the gold really highlighted the textures form the shells we pressed into the clay.Hopw this helps.
Christine in Binghamton
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Subject: Need the look of patina and bronze
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