CARE OF BRONZE, CLEANING AND WAXING

Due to the advancement in the art of the patina we are now able to have some of our newer work that does not need the waxing procedure to keep its beautiful finish. A gentle dusting with a swifter dust cloth will keep your bronze beautiful for many years. Try this first on your sculpture before attempting the instructions in the "Care of Bronze" Leaflet. If your sculpture gets dull over time then use the waxing instructions.





1. GENERAL CARE FOR ALL BRONZES

 

A. Wax every four to six months with Neutral Kiwi shoe polish, which can be found in most grocery, shoe stores, Walmart or like stores.

B. Apply a light coat of wax to entire surface using a soft cloth or your hand, being careful not to get build up in cloth in plastic bag and us exclusively for your bronzes) avoid rubbing to hard on ridges as patina (color) will eventually wear off and leave a gold highlight.

C. Wood bases should also be waxed using same process.

D. General cleaning can be done using the same dust cloth and gently wiping off dust. Do not use a cloth that has been used for general dusting of furniture.


2. CLEANING AND POLISHING HIGH POLISHED AREAS  Gold Bronze polished areas)


A. Simi chrome bronze polish, available in sports, hardware, and jewelry or motorcycle shops.

B. Precaution: do not get bronze polish on patina areas, (colored) it will remove the patina. If some accidentally lands on the patina area wipe immediately with soft cloth or paper towel.

C. Application: take a small amount on tip of folded paper towel or Q-tip and apply to area you wish to clean. Clean a small area then wipe immediately with soft paper towel, buff to a glowing shine. Continue on until all polished bronze areas are clean.

D. Natural deepening gold is desirable,try to avoid touching the polished bronze, as this is what makes stain marks.


3. TROUBLE SHOOTING


A. Wax in the creases of bronze will appear whitish. To remove this buildup, reapply wax to soften old wax. Take a pointed stick covered with a cloth and gently remove the build up while wax is still wet.

B. Can’t clean or dust rough areas? Try using a soft paint brush but first wrap the metal part with duck tape so you don't scratch the bronze.

C. Avoid placing sculpture in hot direct sunlight if possible. Sunlight darkens bronzes over time and can activate the  green base patinas causing some red marbling. (This can be beautiful)     Sometimes excessive moisture can affect the color causing dark colorations to appear, this is temporary and will disappear with dryer air.

 

If you have concerns or questions, you may contact us at:907-563-3362 Fax 907-561-1731, or email  at maryregat@yahoo.com