Q: Bill, I Have a Customer That Wants a “Honey-Pinion Patina Finish? Do you offer something to give this type of look? Thanks, Dale K., 3/7/17
HONEY PINION FINISH ON METAL ART
That’s actually pretty easy: COPPER F/X™ & TORCH F/X™ are the two patinas that you’ll want to use. You’ll need to soak a ‘heavy-nap’ paint roller cover with the TORCH F/X™ and lightly drag (in the same tracks) the roller 2-4 times until the color range emerges, then quickly rinse.
This, of course, after the COPPER F/X™ has been applied to the steel & rinsed well. The steel at this point does not have to be dried, but it can be if needed.
The TORCH F/X™, as with all of the STEEL F/X® Patinas will work on the steel, even if the steel is wet.
Do Not Roll or Rotate the roller as if it were on a paint roller handle, but instead, hold it in the same position, with one hand on the left end and the other hand on the right end, and drag w/o letting it rotate.
Alternatively, you could use a fairly large ‘micro-fiber’ towel, folded or rolled up & accomplish the same thing.
Another ideal method would be a piece of ‘Shearling’ (sheep’s wool that saddle-makers use) and use the same “dragging method”.
There is one other method, using a dip-bath of the TORCH F/X™, but it’s not too practical unless you’re cranking out dozens or hundreds of pieces with this type of honey pinion finish.
The TORCH F/X™ in the bath CAN be recovered & used again, but the minute presence of iron in it from the dipping can have deleterious effects on how well it works the next time.
Please let me know if I’ve explained this well or if you have any further questions.