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Q: metal finishing ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: metal finishing
Category: Science > Technology
Asked by: lardware-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 14 Mar 2003 13:12 PST
Expires: 13 Apr 2003 14:12 PDT
Question ID: 176252
What is polychrome metal?
Subject: Re: metal finishing
Answered By: hammer-ga on 14 Mar 2003 13:51 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Polychrome simply means having many colors (as opposed to monochrome).
Polychrome metal is metal which has a decorative finish applied to it,
causing it to be multicolored. An example would be metal jewelery
shaped like a flower with the petals and leaves finished in pink and

Photo of a polychrome metal item at Ruby Lane

The Old-House Journal Online discusses polychroming antique radiators.

"The aesthetically daring or artistically inclined might even try
bronze polychroming. Radiator companies of the past suggested going
over the raised ornament on an already bronzed radiator with a stiff
brush and complementary bronze in the following combinations:

    * Copper ornament on silver body
    * Silver ornament on copper body
    * Gold ornament on copper body
    * Gold ornament on blue-green body"

A Google Search for "polychrome metal" or polychroming metal 
offers a number of examples of items made using this technique. The
methods of polychroming and resulting effects are quite varied.

- Hammer
lardware-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thank you.  I should have thought of that--polychrome as opposed to
monochrome, but I somehow got  the idea that it was a technique as
opposed to a description.  Thanks for the quick response!

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