An Extraordinary Patina Finish
Create a unique finish using paints, gilding, mild acids, and lacquer.
The patina finish, a hybrid wood-coloring technique that I have developed over the past decade, is a trademark of my work. The technique combines the use of paints, gilding (metal leafing), mild acids, and lacquering methods that result in a finish that may look faux, ancient, metallic, or even stonelike.
I’ve used the patina finish primarily on turned work, such as vases or wall hangings, but I also have applied it to tabletops. The procedure is time-consuming, so keep that in mind if you choose to use it on larger projects.
The process involves five basic steps: sealing the wood, adding color, gilding, chemically treating the gilding to create patinas, and finally, topcoating the surface for protection.
Sand, seal, and paint the substrate
Any type of…