Venetian bronze is similar to an oil rubbed bronze and an aged bronze finish. All are designed to have a similar effect. A bronze casting that has been darkened by oxidation naturally over a long period of time. Wear from use will cause the metal below to be exposed through the oxidation. This reddish brown colored metal creates an attractive pattern. With the exposed metal showing through the darkened oxidized body, a great contrast is produced. This striking appearance has become very popular on modern hardware for the home.
Our venetian bronze door knocker finish is created on our solid brass castings.
The first step is to clean, polish and satin the brass casting to the desired texture. The casting is then heavy copper plated and then polished again.
The copper plated door knocker is placed in a special oxidizer that turns the surface to a blackish brown color. The next step is to lightly hand polish to even the texture of the surface and expose the highlights of the copper plated surface below.
This surface provides great contrast for engraving. The engraving shows the exposed copper plating against the darkened body.
A true oil rubbed bronze finish is a living finish which starts out almost totally brown. Over time with the wear of use the copper below is exposed. This situation is not good for an engraved product such as our door knockers. The engraving would soon blend in with the rest of the surface and virtually disappear.
For this reason we perform the engraving process process just before we coat the entire piece with a clear weatherproof and UV resistant lacquer. This prevents the engraving from darkening and blending with the rest of the door knocker. At the same time the appearance of an aged bronze casting is preserved.