Bronze powder

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Bronze powder



A fine powder of metallic alloys of bronze (copper-zinc) or brass (copper-tin). Bronze powder was used as a pigment in lacquers and varnishes to produce bronzing liquid or a gold tinted paint. Bronze powder is not considered a permanent pigment (Mayer 1969). It produces a dull, grainy paint that discolors with time.

Synonyms and Related Terms

bronze paint

Additional Information

R. Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row, New York, 1969.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966 Comment: p. 100
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 122
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
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