Plaster Saints &
Clients often travel some distance to bring their treasured statues for my attention.
Its always a pleasure to sit down to a "cuppa" and discuss their statues with them.
This small sacred heart statue is around sixty or seventy years old; As a "family devotional piece", the owner wanted it restored to its original appearance.
"Ms. M's" statue was made of a soft grade plaster. It was spray-painted and finished with a coating of glossy lacquer. The few hand painted details were sparsely done.
Soft plaster figures combined with lacquered surfaces, are tricky to repair, and this one was just "On the Edge" of being salvageable.
This statue had once belonged to a favourite aunt; it had been thought that the missing colour on the hair, and sparse detail were due to seventy years of wear and tear.
However, this actually was how the statue had looked when it was first purchased
( Less the chipping of course!).
This presented a bit of a dilemma, as the original paintwork was not as attractive as one had hoped.
Rather than restore exactly to the original, it was agreed that a higher standard of finish was preferrable. Keeping in mind the simplicity of the originals, I kept the face details restrained, but more natural - looking.
"Ms. M" also brought her "Immaculate Heart" statue for rejuvenation. As this statue had similar faults to those of the Sacred Heart, I restored it with the same approach.
Lewis and Lewis
is a Catholic family run business: specialising in statue restoration, and church interior projects.
Jeanette is a professional sculptor/fine artist and designer; husband David is a traditional upholsterer/technician.
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