My eye is now trained to always be on the lookout for that soft pale grey milky patina that may present itself as a window frame, a roof finial, body bucket, or a small piece of ornamentation.
Natural zinc has a shiny metalic appearance which after about 18 months, becomes dark grey and matt. With age it continues to patina and has a somewhat chalky appearance. Also, no need to worry should it get scratched, in time it will repair itself. It is also lightweight and was easy to mold into elegant designs and architectural shapes.
Zinc is also safe. It does not rust and is a very natural material. Your body also needs zinc, so there was no need to worry about drinking collected rain water.
So many ways to use it. The next time you are looking for an embellishment over a door, fireplace, or interesting border, consider antique zinc.