One of my creative outlets in metal art is creating braze welded nail sculpture. I braze the cut nails together with an oxyacetylene torch and bare bronze filler rod. I tend to do pieces with geometric patterns that where popular during the mid century era of the 20th century.
Recently, I was contacted by a customer in my Etsy Shop to create a custom nail sculpture. He stated that he wanted a golden finish yet I usually leave the nails their natural steel grey color with the bronze joints polished and shiny for contrast. After much contemplation, I came up with the idea of overlaying the entire nail pattern with the bronze fill metal. I made the piece featured in the photo above to see if that is the look the customer was going for. Here is closeup of the piece with a variating texture to the finish.
Even though the customer stated they preferred a smoother finish, this demonstrates the variable effects one can obtain working in this media.