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Bronze Urns: Durable Memorials Fit to Honor a Loved One

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Bronze 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

Cast 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

Sculpted 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.

Bronze 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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