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I’m an artist working on a piece using pennies to illustrate my drawing and I need my pennies to be red in a certain portion. I’m trying not to use paint and was wondering if there was a way to make them a brownish-red color.

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    $\begingroup$ Note: copper itself is brownish-red. Welcome to our site! $\endgroup$ – William R. Ebenezer Jun 18 at 3:17
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    $\begingroup$ “The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals: A Manual for Fine Metalworkers, Sculptors and Designers” by Richard Hughes and Michael Rowe (Thames & Hudson, 1991) is the definitive reference. Pages and pages of photographed samples listing experimental conditions for each - chemical, recipe, temperature, duration. Even things like whether you dip in the solution, paint it on, or saturate sawdust in the solution and leave your item in there for a week. Still in print after 28 years, deservedly. Horribly expensive but you will be able to get it second hand. $\endgroup$ – Martin Kochanski Jun 18 at 5:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin Kochabski I think your comment is informative enough to be an answer! :) $\endgroup$ – IanC Jun 18 at 11:10
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinKochanski Yes, do put it into an answer. $\endgroup$ – William R. Ebenezer Jun 18 at 12:42

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