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Spotlight on Craft – Metal Colouring

8th October 2020

Anthony, our colour and patination specialist is head chef of the Foundry when it comes to creating a striking new finish. He formulates the perfect recipe to produce the most desirable, rich and expressive patinas to ensure our brass and bronze is transformed into unique works of art.

Anthony uses a range of techniques, nurtured through his interest in chemistry – he was previously a lab technician. Whether it’s sample matching metalwork for a bespoke project or creating new additions to our own finish range, using everything from hand-applied antiquing to electroplating.


In celebration of London Craft Week, Anthony has created two brand-new finishes which will be added to our growing range.

Aged Matt Brass features very subtle antiquing with a sophisticated matt finish while Blackened Copper is a beautiful tweak on our Antique Bronze, adding a warm copper undertone.

“Our Antique Brass is always so popular but I wanted to create something that has the same depth with a modern twist.
One of my all-time favourite lamps is the Cep light, it’s the perfect piece for this finish.”

“Blackened Copper has been on my list of colours to make for quite a while, I think it’s such a great addition. If you want to combine finishes in one piece, I would definitely suggest using Blackened Copper with Antique Copper as we did with the Mini Moderne style.”


“My favourite colouring technique is hot bronzing which I use to create finishes like Dark Bronze, it’s something I use a lot for door handles and external lighting. It’s hardwearing and can withstand the elements. Another great finish for external hardware is our Satin Nickel, the nickel hardens over time making it really durable.”


“The Campanile Storm Light is definitely a favourite, in Antique Silver or Brass. I really like the tones of our Antique Silver and since it’s all finished by hand, they’re all unique.”

To find out more about our range of finishes or how our team can create a sample matched bespoke finish get in touch at enquiries@collierwebb.com