Now that the metalwork is all done (hooray!) it’s time to create the Patina.
The original plan had been to paint an oxidised copper effect onto a steel structure but, if you remember, we don’t do things by halves around here, so the steel structure was skinned with real copper from recycled cylinders. So now it’s big, and shiny, and … coppery.
I wanted the colour of the Wave to represent the beautiful blues and greens of the sea, and, as it happens, copper develops a spectacular turquoise patina if left to the elements. There are ways to speed up this process: one of them is to urinate on the copper. I thought maybe now that the Chief Fabricator and Welder of Distinction has completed his work with flourish, he could celebrate with a party. A party involving a large keg of beer….. Do you see where I’m going with this? But that would make the Sculpture a wee bit smelly, so the other option is cheap vinegar and salt. Not a great deal better in the smell department, but less rude.
So after scrubbing, cleaning and polishing the copper to ensure all grease and muck is removed, I applied a generous coating of salt and vinegar to the copper surface. Now the shed smells more like a chippie, as do I. Time for a shower and a long wait to see if it works….. Watch this space.