Changing or adding coloring Titanium sculptures can breathe new life or change the character of a piece. It is also lots of fun to see the color develop and change in front of your very eyes!
The color on the surface of our titanium has a permanent oxide layer that can only be removed with abrasives. The color was originally produced with heat. It starts out silver, then gold, blue, purple, magenta, bronze, green, pink and finally gray. Subtle colors also appear and depending on the natural surface finish you may get different effects. I am always surprised when I find a new shade of blue or pink or a satin lustre when I expected a metallic lustre.
Once the Titanium reaches gray it has run the spectrum of color and the only way to restore the color is by removing it with a Titanium rubber wheel or abrasive and reheating with a torch.
In the case of Titanium or “Titanium Seconds” the color can be restored on Metallic Titanium or Satin Matte Titanium varieties. It is not recommended to try to restore Crystalline Titanium varieties since once it turns gray it tends to get burnt, yellow or white and becomes brittle making restoring the color virtually impossible. In addition, the Crystalline variety is more flammable and can spark when heated with a torch, so proceed at your own risk.
Caution: Using a flame is dangerous and you can get burnt. Titanium can be flammable and spark, so wear protective gear in a safe environment. Please color the titanium at your own risk. We cannot guarantee results of individual users. Neither Gage Designs nor any of its employees can be held responsible for accidents resulting from the use of this material.
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