What Is Oil Rubbed Bronze?

A Brief History...

Bronze was the first alloy ever made. History tells us it was discovered around 3500-4000 BC. The mixture of copper and tin creates a versatile metal, considerably harder than its constituent metals. Archeological digs have uncovered many domestic and military items such as swords, knives, coins and bowls. And it  is well known for being used to cast sculptures.

Patina

Patina is the name given to the layer which forms on the surface of certain metals, stone and wood. It can be thought of as a tarnish that forms over time. A great example of a natural patina is the green colour of the Statue of Liberty.

Decades of exposure to moisture and elements has caused this beautiful patina.

Bronze Colours

The natural colour of bronze is actually quite golden. High quality bronze is usually made from as much as 90% copper and it is the high copper content that reacts with the atmosphere to give the different coloured patinas.

See the difference in the colours of the ancient door, angel statue and famous bronze Holy doors of the basilica in Rome.

 Oil Rubbed Bronze

In recent years there has been an increased trend in the use of bronze for interior design projects. Items such as bronze door knobs, cabinet knobs, bathroom & kitchen hardware are now a popular choice for homes.

It takes many years for bronze to darken and patina and to simulate the natural patina of aged bronze, finishing oils are used to chemically darken the metal. Oil rubbed bronze is ideal for period properties and traditional homes wanting to re-create authentic antiqued details.

Oil rubbed bronze is also known as a "living finish". A living finish will wear over time and the darker surface will begin to reveal lighter, coppery highlights.

See below how our oil rubbed bronze cabinet knob has worn compared to the new one. With constant use, the dark chocolate colour reveals beautiful lighter coppery tones.

 

See the rest of our BRONZE COLLECTION for more ideas for your home.

Coming soon - How To Care For Your Oil Rubbed Bronze.

 

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