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Japanese Patinas Spiral-bound – November 15, 2004


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Mr. Sugimori is a Japanese sculptor with experience in all fields of metalwork. He received his MFA (Education) from Fukuoka University of Education in Japan. He has completed his Doctoral studies at Kyushu Sangyo University.
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  • Spiral-bound: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Brynmorgen Press (November 15, 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1929565119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929565115
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. Eberhard on January 6, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
A simply beautiful book which showcases the extreme beauty of the Patination of metals. Japan is truly an inspiration for jewellery artists everywhere. This book is for the serious Jewellery artisan or student, many of the materials used in this book are often difficult to procure and require the ability to have a dedicated area to prepare your patinas. It does give you excellent "recipes", clear instructions and some beautiful photos of completed works as inspiration. Excellent Reference Book.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By James Binnion on April 6, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
The fine metalwork of Japan has rarely been equaled. One of the things that make it so unique is the rich color pallet that is achieved by the use of patinas (a chemical process that alter the surface of the metal leaving a colored compound adhered to the metal). This book introduces the process of applying the wide variety of patinas used in Japanese metalworking. The books beautiful design and photographs along with illustrations and clearly written text make it a must have for anyone interested in artistic metalwork.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Koblic on November 15, 2012
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Anyone who has ever tried patination will understand that it is akin to black magic. In this book the author describes clearly and concisely methods of patination using commonly available chemicals in such a way that the magic part is minimized and the results become as consistent as is reasonably possible.
I refer to this book repeatedly in my studio and have found it immensely helpful. Its value goes beyond other volumes several times its price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 30, 2012
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As with so many other arts, Japanese metallurgy resembles Western in many ways, but has its own unique character, too. Although patination is well established in the European tradition of metal-work, it generally seems to be an afterthought. "Now that we have this metal, how can we color it?" Japanese alloys like shibuichi and shakudo seem to be engineered differently: given available chemical treatments, what alloys can be concocted to create the most desirable tones? As a result, the patinas and alloys can't be discussed separately. They co-evolved, and any result depends on both.

This beautiful book discusses both. It generally uses very safe patination chemistry and procedures, but does mention some of the more aggressive or hazardous materials used historically. It also starts on the complexities of heat treatments, surface enrichment, and layered patinas - topics that one could spend a lifetime mastering. This also discusses the final finishes, like wax, oil, or lacquer, that protect and enhance the treated surfaces.

I was surprised to see arsenic mentioned in some of the alloys. Given today's risk-averse environment, it's hard to imagine such alloys being used outside a very narrow range of specialties. They have historical importance, though, and remind the reader that arsenical alloys appeared in antiquity in the west, before safer alternatives were developed.

The book itself is a lovely and practical artifact. It's spiral bound, to lie flat on the workbench when it's in use. The wire binding is covered, though, to look more like standard binding and to keep the wire from snagging on anything. For any metalworker who wants additional depth and versatility in their final look, I recommend this highly.

-- wireweird
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelso on March 6, 2006
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As James mentions, the colors available to the Japanese non-ferrous metalwoker were unique, being the result of specific alloys and patination techniques. Sugimori-san gives a very useful introduction and overview of this complex subject. With the contemporary interest in the Japanese alloys shakudo and shibuichi, special attention should be given by the reader to the niage technique as used on sword furniture and other mixed alloy work. A very useful and beautiful presentation.
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A valuable and trusted resource on of some of the concepts of patination of metal in the Japanese style. I agree with almost everything said it's simple to read and follow and give a true masters recipe's for this ancient art. This book is not for the beginner or inexperienced artist but it should be found in the art books of any serious metal worker or jewelry artist.
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