Describes safer, easier patination methods for metals involving easily obtainable household and even kitchen chemicals to produce blues, greens, browns, blacks, grays and reddish tones on metals. Cupric nitrate patination, which gives a wide ranges of controllable green, blue, black and brown color options on a number of metals, is extensively discussed. Paint types which emulate patinas are mentioned. Sealing options are described. Application methods and options for pattern development and surface control are described.