Sunday, May 2, 2010

Protecting Patina

Kella, sorry it took me so long to answer your question about protecting patinas.  I use Dorlands Wax Medium straight from the jar.  A little dab on a old rag,  smear it all over the metal and then buff it up.  It doesn't make the metal shiny and seems to give more depth to the patina.
  The first picture is raw metal, the second with the wax medium.
This is a less textured piece of metal with the medium applied.  As you can see it doesn't give the metal a overly shiny appearence.  Although I haven't tried it on rust I think it would seal the metal and protect your clothes from any stains.
If you have any advice for sealing rusty objects please leave a comment!


Kella said...

Thanks for posting the info, I have done some research and have found a stockist for it over here in the UK.

Is the wax manmade based (such as paraffin wax or organic base (eg: beeswax/ linseed based, etc)?

How do you go about cleaning your found items for waxing, just dry wiping and dusting off or do you ever emmerse in water?

Barbara Lewis said...

Thank you for the tip, Brenda! said...

these are gorgeous materials