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Definition of verdigris

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Definition as written by Terry:

Corrupted from the Latin viride aeris; also known as verte de Grece (literally translated as green of Greece.) Methods of creating this oxidized finish on metals was described early on by Dioscorides and Pliny. In ancient times, verdigris was used as to create blue and green pigments for paint.

Many gardeners allow objects such as a copper trellis or tuteur to naturally take on a verdigris patina. Less patient gardeners can hasten the oxidation process using vinegar and other acids, or using paints to create a verdigris appearance on pots, statuary or wooden structures.


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