The Fine Art of Amy Wieck
Article: Care and Maintence of Bronze Sculptures
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Luckily bronze animals don't eat much. Just a little wax applied once or twice a year if they are outdoors. Basically maintaining a bronze sculpture is similar to waxing a car. For new sculptures, once the bronze sculpture has reached the level of patina that you desire it is time to clean it and then apply a wax to seal the bronze from further oxidation. Remove any dust or dirt by wiping down the sculpture with a rag dipped in a mild soapy solution. Use distilled water and just a little mild soap (unscented dish soap is fine) for your mix. For hard to get areas and details use a toothbrush. Rinse the sculpture thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Let sculpture dry completely. Applying the wax works best when the sculpture is warm. Trewax or Renaissance Wax is considered to be the waxes of preference on lighter color bronze sculptures. Renaissance wax tends to resist fingerprints better. Johnson's clear paste wax works great on darker statues as it can darken the lighter ones. (DO NOT USE CAR WAX as there are other chemicals in them that could affect the bronze.) Using a paint brush, work the wax into every little area. Let dry and buff with a lint free cloth. Apply wax a 2nd time and buff again. Repeat the waxing approximately every 6 months or when you notice that the rain no longer beads up on the surface. The bronze sculpture pictured above are examples of sculptures with no patina before the wax has been applied. Over time these sculptures will patina naturally but could also be harmed by pollutants in the air.


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