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"Steampunk Patina"



I came across this amazing intercom while walking around the back streets of Florence. Like most of Europe, the bulk of the buildings in the Old Town are row houses, each with a common front door and the inevitable intercom. This one has seen many years and acquired a patina that is mouth watering in its richness. Such depth! I could dive deep into that finish. Sometimes it's helpful to have a definitive example of a finish, something that a palette can be generated from. This is definitive well-aged either copper or bronze. I'm leaning bronze over copper because of the palette, but I could be wrong. Either way, beautiful.


This design is a great example of how some images are suited in different ways for different products. Placement of the image is key.


Ignore the arrows. :-)






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Justus Hayes
Justus Hayes
13 ago 2020

Another vote for bronze. It sure feels bronze-y. Great patina either way. Re the grill on the mask, I was thinking the same thing. It's positioned now to include the bottom screw, but it would look even more armour-like if it was a little wider. Adding to list.


And thanks! Finds like this one are rare. Always on the lookout, though.

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OK, so many new items in "Merch" that I am have to exercise some discipline rather than blather on about every item. Firstly, I also vote for bronze as the base metal to the intercom. Not to date myself, but I remember using this style when I was a child. It was such a treat to be able to push the button for Granny when Mum & I went visiting. However, on the mask, the speaker's grill is located at the mouth location. My first reaction was a face shield on a helmet of a knight's armour. Are we all going into battle to defeat the Covid virus? Nice work Justus.


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