Labrador Completed!

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Maharaja in his tent. The tent was my father’s base camp tent for hunting, and family weekender for water skiing. It spent the last 43 years on top of an old water tank in the back of a shop on the Montana ranch. I brought it down last summer to use as my sandblast room, and set eye bolts in the shop for quick set-up and take-down. This was the first time for the tent to act as sand blast booth, and it worked great, making cleanup of all that fine sand a snap.  IMG_0003

Sandblasting removes all tool oil, finger oils, and oxidized impurities.IMG_0004

Next is a blackened cold patina of Liver of Sulphur. This etches the bronze.IMG_0005

The black is scrubbed back with pads and brushes to allow the next patina layer of Ferric to do its thing. The Ferric goes on hot, with a fat mouthed blow-torch attached to the BBQ gas tank.IMG_0006

The jersey is polished to take color evenly.

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Ferric layer applied, highlights scrubbed back, more Ferric, more scrubbing back highlights.

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Wax is applied to the hot metal, left to sit for an hour, then buffed in. Here the wax is hot and shiny.

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This patina is called French Brown. It is one of my favorites, as it allows a lot of variety in tone and responds to the surface of the metal allowing subtle transparency. It is also a very stable patina, and one of the best for outdoor works.

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