Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths

Discover the ins and outs of patinas like never before! Explore patina solutions, applications and more with this encyclopedia-style book by Matthew Runfola.

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Give your metal jewelry a coat of many colors

Go beyond heat and liver of sulfur as you explore a vast range of colored surface treatments with Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths. Uncover the must-have basics (and beyond) of working with different patina application techniques in this resource guide that metalsmiths have long been waiting for.

Discover this in-depth metalsmithing book featuring 300 metal patina solution samples! Explore application techniques including immersion, brush application, spraying, fuming, layering, using resists, hot and cold applications and more.  All recipes feature step-by-step illustrated instructions across a variety of metals including copper, brass, bronze, silver, stainless steel, steel, and aluminum, and is neatly organized by metal for ease of reference. 

Get this ultimate jewelry maker’s guide to patina today to:

  • Learn how different metals react to different color treatments so that you can determine what is right for your specific use.
  • Discover over 300 full-size patina samples to build your skill level through workshops in increasing difficulty.
  • Understand important safety information including handling and disposing of hazardous or corrosive materials correctly, proper ventilation, setting up a workspace, and creating a basic (or not-so-basic) toolbox.
  • Advance your patina skills as you work from beginner-friendly to more advanced surface treatment techniques.
  • Explore how different metals take the patina with samples for steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, bronze, silver, and aluminum.
  • And much more!
About the Author

Matthew Runfola is the proprietor of Runfola Studios, a high-end contemporary furniture and sculpture design/build business based in Chicago, IL, focusing on unique surface patinas and colorations. Runfola early on fell in love with the surface of metal and the depth, beauty, and meaning the appropriate coloration could bring to a piece. Runfola currently teaches and heads the Metal Sculpture Department at the Evanston Art Center, and his works can be found in numerous private collections worldwide.


Author/Speaker/Editor: Matthew Runfola

File/Trim Size: 8.5" x 10"

File Type: PDF

Format: Book

ISBN 13: 9781620331392

Number Of Pages: 256

Customer Reviews

This is one book that I will read cover to cover. Review by Lexi Erickson

ANYONE interested in adding color to their jewelry should own this. I learned so much that I cannot wait to try. I know of no university classes that even come close to delving into the subject with such intensity. Not only are the examples of finished jewelry inspiring, the entire book is well organized and the photos are clear and beautifully presented. This book should be in every jewelry artists library.

(Posted on 3/26/14)

you have got to get this book! Review by Rick "Doc" Randall

This is THE book for all metal artist. The graphics and instructions are concise and easy to follow. The finished graphics correlate to the provided formulas. I could not be happier with this publication.
If you create in metal, buy this book.

(Posted on 2/16/14)

The bible for patinas! Jam packed with info and formulas! Review by Pat Gebes

I just got in the mail this book, Patina – 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers and Metalsmiths by Matthew Runfola. It’s published by Interweave and it’s 256 pages packed full of great information starting with tools, safety, aesthetic decisions, recipes and colorant formulas, a glossary. This book tells you how to make a lot of different color effects on various metals, sterling silver, copper, brass, bronze, steel, stainless steel, aluminum. With each metal he has examples of various effects and the formulas are in the back of the book. He includes lots of examples from various artists as well. It looks like it could become the bible for patinas. While I haven’t tried any of his formulas yet it certainly gives me ideas. I have the hard copy now and am enjoying paging through but I'll probably order the download so that I can quickly find the specific information I'm looking for. SCORE!!

(Posted on 2/11/14)