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Finish Work & Patinas

Rust patinaMost of Kevin's sculptures have a rust patina - which has its own demands - but he also works with Sculpt Nouveau's colored waxes and metal patinas to create metal with colors or to create a bronze, copper or brass finish on a steel sculpture.

Please enjoy these how-to videos about patinas and finishes ...

How to Put a Clear Finish on Metal
How to Put a Clear Finish on Metal
Jan 11, 2017
Kevin is going to spray a clear finish on a sculpture. He's using a two-part expoxy clear coat from ... read more

How to Prepare Your Metal Work for Powder Coating
How to Prepare Your Metal Work for Powder Coating
May 18, 2016
A viewer, Mike, asked how to prepare when you are going to have your metal creations powder coated. ... read more

How to Shine Metal, Another Approach
How to Shine Metal, Another Approach
Feb 10, 2016
Kevin is shining a copper sculpture he has been making. A viewer had asked how he got the sculpture,... read more

How to Make a Sculpture  (or Anything Else) Look Like Metal
How to Make a Sculpture (or Anything Else) Look Like Metal
Feb 11, 2015
Kevin is sanding the surface of his 3D printed sculpture Glance so that he can apply a patina to mak... read more

How to Apply a Linseed Oil Finish on Metal
How to Apply a Linseed Oil Finish on Metal
Oct 22, 2014
The sprayer Kevin is using to apply the linseed oil to a new sculpture is a high-volume, low-pressur... read more

How to Create a Sculpture, Part 13: Applying the Finish
How to Create a Sculpture, Part 13: Applying the Finish
Aug 29, 2012
On a balmy 105 degree August day, Kevin is finally ready to apply the finish to his 9-foot-tall scul... read more

How to Create a Sculpture, Part 12: Grinding and Finish Work
How to Create a Sculpture, Part 12: Grinding and Finish Work
Aug 15, 2012
With just a few panels left to weld on to the structure, Kevin is increasingly turning to finish wor... read more

How to Shine Metal
How to Shine Metal
Jul 11, 2012
Kevin shows how to get a mirror shine on metal using Scotch-Brite pads. In this how-to video, he use... read more

Why and How to Use Flap Discs for Grinding
Why and How to Use Flap Discs for Grinding
Jul 05, 2012
Kevin shows how he finishes his sculptures with sanding pads called flap discs, or soft pads. He exp... read more

How to Color Steel Using Wax
How to Color Steel Using Wax
Sep 08, 2011
Kevin shows how he uses waxes and patinas to obtain the color he wants on the steel sculpture read more

How to Get a Smooth Finish on a Metal Lathe
How to Get a Smooth Finish on a Metal Lathe
Jun 22, 2011
Kevin - and a wine-drinking mystery guest - use a special sandpaper to get a smooth finish on the a... read more

"Painting" Steel With Wax and Patinas
"Painting" Steel With Wax and Patinas
Mar 29, 2011
Kevin adds color to his steel sculptures using wax and other patinas from Sculpt Nouveau.... read more

How to Apply a Rust Patina to Metal Sculpture
How to Apply a Rust Patina to Metal Sculpture
Mar 19, 2010
Kevin turns the ... camera ... on his "lovely assistant," Mary, as she applies "magic rust sauce" to... read more

How to Add Texture to a Metal Sculpture With a Welder
How to Add Texture to a Metal Sculpture With a Welder
Mar 11, 2010
To give a metal spider a different look, Kevin uses his MIG w... read more

Finish Work on Metal Art: After Sandblasting
Finish Work on Metal Art: After Sandblasting
Feb 27, 2010
After his sound feature Perchering returned from the sandblaster, Kevin inspected it for defects so ... read more

Rusting the Contemporary Art Sculpture Sashay
Rusting the Contemporary Art Sculpture Sashay
Jan 08, 2010
Kevin is putting the patina on his steel sculpture Sashay simply by spraying it with water. He expla... read more

Sandblasting a Metal Sculpture
Sandblasting a Metal Sculpture
Oct 05, 2009
Kevin sends out his larger work for sandblasting, but with small jobs will sometimes use his handhel... read more

Welding and Grinding Metal
Welding and Grinding Metal
Sep 23, 2009
With the skin now on the stand for BobbyPin, Kevin's new bell, it's time for the tedious part: touch... read more

How to Coat an Exterior Door with a Linseed Oil Finish
How to Coat an Exterior Door with a Linseed Oil Finish
May 25, 2009
Kevin applies the final finish - a coat of linseed oil and mineral spirits - to a large exterior met... read more

Painting the Contemporary Art Sculpture Loaded
Painting the Contemporary Art Sculpture Loaded
Sep 18, 2008
Kevin sees the paint job on Loaded for the first time - and tries to get Ed Smoot of Smooth Engineer... read more

Powder Coating a Steel Sculpture
Powder Coating a Steel Sculpture
Jun 12, 2008
Kevin takes BackFlip - the steel sculpture that will rise 10 feet in the air before a mountainside h... read more