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Old 2007-05-21, 8:31pm
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Default Copper patina solution

Where can I get some? They used to carry it at Home Depot. Tried my stained glass store and JoAnn's Crafts. I've been trying all this past weekend using home remedies with vinegar, lemon, etc., etc. Nothing has worked yet. Haven't tried urine yet and I think I'll pass on that one. I need one that will give me instant patina and by this next weekend. I haven't tried Lowe's yet or a pottery supply store. They are on my list for tomorrow. Anyone else have any ideas of where to go? I'm trying to finish a sculptural piece for an art exhibit and have to turn it in by June 2nd, so I don't want to risk trying to order online and have it delivered in enough time to put this all together. I would be starting to get stressed about now (yes, I am a procrastinator), but fortunately I live in a house that has a very old, 1930's, copper roof. No, I'm not ripping off my roof to complete this project, but Mother Nature did rip off a piece that fortunately my husband didn't throw away. It is definitely patinaed, but some may not be usable due to deteriation. So I need a source to find the patina solution in case I need to use new copper sheeting.
Thanks for any input you wish to share!
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Old 2007-05-21, 8:48pm
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Have you tried a boiled egg? Eggs have sulfur and isn't that the active ingredient in patina solution?
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Old 2007-05-22, 12:23am
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try sawdust and amonia in a ziplock bag, put your item in it, close the ziplock bag and put it in a pan on top of your kiln so it warms up a bit.
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Old 2007-05-22, 12:53am
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try here
http://www.nickates.com/products/8oz...na-2773-4.html
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Old 2007-05-22, 6:07am
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The active stuff in copper patina that the stained glass shops should have is copper sulfate. You might find it at a garden shop since in large doses it will kill algae. Dissolve it in water or acid and go for it.
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Old 2007-05-22, 3:31pm
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Hi Barbara....boy, do I owe you an email!!!

Maybe these will be of some help:

An IE stained glass shop:

Arrowhead-Camur Stained Glass -
1160 E Highland Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92404
(909) 881-0888

Here's one in Garden Grove...not exactly around the corner but well stocked: http://www.beveldine.com/

I'd like to see what you're making!

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Old 2007-05-22, 3:36pm
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Homemade Green patina solution
http://www.fxl.com/patina.htm

Oh and the Urine turns the copper to an "old Penny " brown, nice but may not be what you want !
yes I tried it!
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Old 2007-05-22, 7:58pm
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This should do the trick:
http://www.sciencecompany.com/patina...aformulas.htm\

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Old 2007-05-22, 8:20pm
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Thanks for that link! I have almost everything on hand for this recipe. Gonna give it a try.
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Old 2007-05-22, 8:22pm
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The link didn't work, but I'll try it again later. Thanks for your suggestion.
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Old 2007-05-22, 8:29pm
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Hi Barbara....boy, do I owe you an email!!!

Maybe these will be of some help:

An IE stained glass shop:

Arrowhead-Camur Stained Glass -
1160 E Highland Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92404
(909) 881-0888

Here's one in Garden Grove...not exactly around the corner but well stocked: http://www.beveldine.com/

I'd like to see what you're making!

Linda
Come on down Linda! Memorial Day BBQ is just a few days away, and we have no plans. Would love to get your input on the design. Get Dino to get the day off if he's supposed to be working and let's eat and design and play with glass! The dogs are welcome too...Louie needs some exercise and company.
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Old 2007-05-23, 7:55pm
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Try this:

http://tinyurl.com/2hqglg

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Old 2007-05-23, 9:00pm
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Thanks for the link! Lots to look at here. I have copper nitrate and it hasn't done anything yet, but I think my problem is with the copper sheeting I have. I believe it has a lacquer finish on it which I need to remove and then I should get the desired results.
Try, try again!
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Old 2007-05-24, 10:53am
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If it has a lacquer finish, it has to come off. If you have a scorchbrite pad, you might try that in an inconspicious area, otherwise a solvent would do the trick.

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