If you are looking for a weather-resistant alloy which requires minimal care, go for the metal that made Cro-Magnon famous: 100% Solid Bronze, (aka the metal for third-place finishers). The forging process leaves a rugged texture that makes every piece unique, so no two fixtures will be alike. Fixture manufacturers have created a variety of living finishes for solid bronze. These finishes have no protective coatings and are designed to change with time and use. The finish may rub off where it is frequently used and darken where it is not. Any item or liquid that comes into contact with the finish can affect the color. But this is OK. It is all part of the natural plan. Examples of popular patinas are bronze, (dark brown), natural bronze (honey-colored), silver nickel or white bronze (bright silver finish).