balance patina vase

This vase is an absolute showstopper. Made by Sarah Sears, a metalsmith known for her architecturally inspired shapes and bold patina-work. 


In creating this piece, Sarah went outside of her usual jewellery work and has created a beautifully curved "balance" vase. Patina-ing such a large piece is a time consuming process, but with incredibly rewarding results. This beauty balances perfectly atop any surface you desire and is water-tight. We picture this piece welcoming guests in a foyer, or sitting proudly atop a shelf or table in a contemporary living space. 


Measures approx. 13" wide, 3" deep, and 6.75" tall. The opening is 10" across the width of the vase. 


Made by Sarah Sears in Nova Scotia, Canada.


    Patina (/ˈpætɪnə/ or /pəˈtiːnə/) is a thin layer that variously forms on the surface of stone, copper, bronze and similar metals (tarnish produced by oxidation or other chemical processes), wooden furniture (sheen produced by age, wear, and polishing), or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure.

    Sarah's process of applying patina onto copper has been an ongoing development since her time at NSCAD. Now she mostly uses ammonia and salt, and puts the pieces in a contained space for at least a 24 hour period.

    Sometimes she takes the pieces out and put them back in to deepen the patina even further. Afterwards the pieces dry out for at least half a day and then a fixative is applied to ensure it stays in place. She then highlights the edges to expose the metal from underneath and do one final fix/ spray after that.

    The coloration of patina very much depends on season- humidity, sunlight, temperature etc. From experience, I see a brighter blue in the summer and darker blue in the winter. 


    It is important that you know before purchasing a patina piece that even though this patina has be fixed on the metal (3 times), the nature of patina is to change over time depending on how the piece is cared for and how often it is worn.

    • It is recommended to not submerge your patina’d pieces in water.
    • Some areas may lose the blue patina over time where the piece rubs against another surface.

    A message from the artist: "In my personal opinion this is what makes these pieces more unique, I think the patina becomes more beautiful as the object ages."


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