Weathering steel, best-known under the trademark
Corten Steel, is a self finishing copper-nickel
steel alloy. When exposed to the weather, instead of rusting, it's surface
crystallizes forming a self-preserving and self-healing rich, dark,
purple-brown, suede-like protective finish.
is a high chromium content, rust resistant steel. The surface
can be finished by sanding, graining, wire brushing, polishing, or heat
the practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a
variety of colors. The term is used to refer to certain styles of
architecture, pottery or sculpture in multiple colors.
Powder Coating is a dry painting process. Finely ground particles of pigment and resin are
electro statically charged and sprayed onto the sculpture. The sculpture, being grounded, attracts the charged resin powder like a magnet. The sculpture is then placed in an 400 degree
Fahrenheit oven, where the powder paint melts and flows into a beautiful and durable finish.
Steel is carbon steel that has been colored through the
application of chemicals that react with the steel to produce surface
coloration. The color will vary due to the different qualities of the
steel. The colors that I typically achieve run from blue, to brown, to
used in cast and fabricated sculpture. Cast sculpture is usually Silicon Bronze
which is an alloy of copper and silicon. A patinae may be applied by the chemical application of color accompanied by heat. The patinae is sealed under a wax coating and becomes a permanent part of the sculpture.
may also be polished to a mirror finish.
Bronze Casting Process