For the month of May, I am posting one of my favourite restorations of Our Lady.
It was brought to me by a jolly trio; a mature man, his wife, and her sister. They were people with a sunny outlook, the type that are always a pleasure to meet and work for.
I always enjoy hearing the stories behind statues, and I was told that this one, "Belonged to Our Dad", who had painted the statue as a means of preserving it.
(Give him his due, gloss paint like this is not ideal to work with as it doesn't have ideal "flow" properties.)
Usually when statues are gloss painted, they hide a multitude of " sins" and are difficult to repair.
This one was not too bad as I recall, which was a pleasant surprise given the many horrors I have found beneath the layers of gloss painted figures!
Even I was surprised at what a lovely statue this was when I had finished restoring it, and I could then see why " Our Dad" had treasured it. You could say, there was a moment of connection with him and I , as I saw what he had seen.
Given that the lady it belonged to had a good sense of humour, I will relate that on handing over the item to me, she said with an anxious look in her eye " It will look the same when its done won't it?"
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