Bronze Urns: Durable Memorials Fit to Honor a Loved One
urns have a universal appeal.
Their strength, durability and indestructible qualities render
them a popular choice of urns among the bereaved.
Bronze is an alloy that has been used
over the centuries as a medium for casting magnificently crafted
sculptures and art pieces among other uses. It because of its
ability to capture intricate details and nuances that bronze is
so popular in artistic sculptures.
There are basically two types of bronze
urns available to purchase today. These are cast bronze urns
and sculpted bronze urns.
Cast Bronze Urns
bronze urns are made either by the casting method or utilizing
sheet bronze that has been welded together. Cast bronze urns take
on many shapes such as rectangles, angular shapes, book shapes,
or the traditional urn shape. These urns are available in a wide
array of finishes.
Sculpted Bronze Urns
bronze urns are cast using the lost wax method and are
very often considered art pieces in their own right. In fact most
of the sculpted bronze urns can be passed off as an artistic sculpture
not giving any clues as to what is contained within.
Both types of bronze urns are manufactured
using a different bronze working technique, and finished using
methods unique to each. Here we explore the finishing methods
used in the production of bronze urns.
The Bronze Urn Finishes
Bronze Urns with a Natural
Finish: These bronze urns are
forged from solid sheets of bronze, the natural finish on which
is a bright bronze/gold surface that takes on a matt appearance.
While no further finishing work is needed on the bronze urn in
this instance, some are finished with a lacquered coating to protect
the natural bronze against oxidation. This type of finish is common
on sculpted bronze urns.
Urns with a Brushed Bronze: To obtain a cast bronze
urn with a deeper luster and more reflective finish, the surface
of the urn is gently brushed with a material that is mildly abrasive.
The brushed finish achieved is more refined than on a bronze urn
with a natural finish. This type of finish is popular on bronze
urns that are fabricated from sheet bronze.
Bronze Urns with a Plated Finish: These bronze urns can be plated
with precious metal to enhance their appeal. Plated finishes in
24kt gold are very appealing, the cast bronze cremation urn taking
on a lighter gold color in this instance that is brighter and
more reflective than a brushed bronze finish. The bronze urn is
then polished to a mirror like finish that is highly reflective.
Bronze Urns with a Verdigris Patina Finish: Bronze urns with a
copper-green finish on them or a deep aquamarine or blue finish
are achieved by a verdigris patina. Bronze urns with this type
of finish take on an antique appearance.
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