We cast in two bronzes with five finishes, and all tiles are sealed with a sculpture quality enamel.
Bronze – Silicon sculpture bronze – a warm bronze color.
Our Bronze Bright is a high luster finish. The Bronze is brightly burnished while preserving the beautiful texture of of the cast bronze. No patina is used in the process.
Our Classic Bronze finish starts with an acid patina that brings on a chocolate brown color. This fragile patina is gently removed by carefully hand buffing each piece, leaving the right amount of color in the recesses, while taking care to not over-polish the high points of the tiles. The texture of cast bronze is so beautiful that we preserve as much as possible in the finishing process.
Our Oil-Rubbed Bronze starts with the same acid patina as the Classic finish. Only the edges and highest spots are lightly buffed by hand, leaving a rich dark color with the barest suggestion of the bronze underneath. Because these tiles are solid bronze our Oil Rubbed Finish tiles that are installed in floors will eventually polish on the high areas due to foot traffic. If the tiles are scratched the metal will show through. However the patina will eventually “heal” itself, and the scratches will darken through the natural aging process. Rubbing the sight of the scratch with your hand will quicken this process, as the oil from your skin is a natural patina for bronze.
These four finishes should always be considered “live” finishes – bronze darkens naturally with time, heat, etc. When used outside, the darkening is faster, and in time the sealer will wear away and a verdigris patina will begin to emerge. Tiles can be buffed with a Scotchbrite pad to bring back the highlights and then sealed with a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax buffed with a soft cloth.
White Bronze – Silvertone – a warm white metal.
This is bronze with nickel alloy added. The nickel makes the bronze very stable in color without affecting the durability of the metal.
Our Silvertone finish is white bronze with a black acid patina, hand-finished and sealed. White bronze is wonderful for showers or wet areas because it won’t darken.
Our Silver Bright is also a high luster finish. The White Bronze is brightly burnished while preserving the beautiful texture of of the casting.