Hello Stacy, I really enjoyed your site with all the creative work that you do. In reading some of your step in the process I see you use lacquer, is this for just the patina process or could you use it just as a protector.
I only use the lacquer as a protectant for copper, brass and bronze. It has nothing to do with the patination process except to help preserve it once you have it the way you want.
I'm glad you are enjoying the site!