Its always best to have a professional repair items; realistically though, simple breaks which may need to be addressed promptly - (especially if its days before the school crib display!) do little harm. Minor amateur repairs are usually reversible and cause few problems during restoration.
Most statues are repairable - and while I love the challenge of transforming a figure from broken to beautiful; occasionally, its more prudent to replace a figure and start from scratch.
Here is a case of such below;
This Nativity set arrived in a very poor condition; it had been over - repaired with unsuitable materials, and generally under - cared for in terms of the multiple breaks and fractures present. Fortunately, I was able to salvage eight from the total of eleven... (see results at foot of post)
The shepherd figure shown above, came with a rather poor hair - do....I guessed he'd been sleeping rough for some time....
Joking aside though, amateur repairers can do two things; (one good and one bad) :
1. (Good) Keep essential parts together
2. (Bad) Go too far and damage the statue
Photos below show the same shepherd, kneeling beside his sheep.
We all enjoy a bit of snow around Christmas, however - a blizzard of unidentified resin , glass fibre and putty had " snowed under" their rear ends to such an extent as to be unidentifiable .
This kind of amateur repair damage requires " major surgery, involving the removal of the shepherds legs, and the lambs too. Add to this the damaged hands, the flaking paint and poor hair do. This shepherd's chances of survival and his sheep are dwindling fast!
Damages like these are pretty major, in this case only a very small portion of the figure was salvageable - his back. Sadly, this blue shepherd didn't make it for restoration...
Nor did Mary, who'd also been "snowed in" too; or the baby... which was in three (sticky) parts ...(an old resin repair had ever quite cured...)
To keep Nativity Figures in good condition, see my next post: How to store and care for Nativity figures...
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