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Finishing

A variety of finishes are available to sculptors, some involving colour. Bronze may be coloured by patination with chemicals; colours can vary from deep brown, gold, to greens and blues reminiscent of the natural corrosion of the metal. Stone can be given a highly smooth finish using abrasives or be left in a more rugged, natural state. Wood can be left natural, or polished, or painted; ceramics may be glazed, which involves firing them to melt the glass in the glaze. New materials are generally painted, although clear resins can be very effective uncoloured. Plaster needs a protective coating of wax or varnish.

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Colley Cibber
possibly from the studio of Sir Henry Cheere, 1st Bt
circa 1740
NPG 1045

Edith Sitwell
by Maurice Lambert
1985, based on a work of circa 1926-1927
NPG 5801

Sir William Turner Walton
by Maurice Lambert
circa 1925
NPG 5913

James Joyce
by Renée Mendel (née Rosa Minna Mendel)
1934
NPG 5883

T.S. Eliot
by Jacob Epstein
1951
NPG 4440

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