“Patina is the aging process which when found on antique furniture distinguishes the poor from the very best. Patina is formed by a combination of aging processes caused by rubbing, dusting, and waxing coupled with oxidation of the wood and the action of the sun’s rays. The action of rubbing and polishing over a period of time produces a fine bronze-like luster which increases in depth and mellowness and softens the hard effect of waxed raw wood. The natural oxidation of the wood causes hardening of the surface which seals in the wax aided by the rubbing process and at the same time fills the grain. the edition of sunlight in varying degrees bleaches fades, and changes the color to the most attractive shades ranging from medium brown through corn colors to golden grey”.
Eighteen years ago Louis Shields developed a carefully formulated beeswax polish, using a centuries-old recipe from England. The result is a product that will preserve and protect precious antiques, and over time create the sought after patination. It is easy to apply, using a soft cloth and a small amount of the wax. Rub it into a small area and immediately buff it off. It can be used as often as you like but should be used on antiques and good wood when the seasons and humidity change.
Although designed to nourish wood – this polish is marvelous on painted furniture, leather, marble, limestone, and even bronze