When restoring statuary, I model replacement parts in the style of the original artist. In this way, the finished statue retains its integrity and dignified appearance.
This Sacred Heart statue had a lot of damage to the hands and base, (though the hands did not need replacing, just repair).
Its restoration has been completed in time for the feast day of the Sacred Heart which this year falls on the 3rd of June.
We found two different decorative schemes when the original white paint was removed.
Once the red colours were introduced to the mantle, we adjusted the decoration to fit the new look. The gold detailing was rendered in 24k gold leaf.
Last week, Mr. Denis Madden, (a talented photographer) sent me an email with this lovely photo he had taken. It is of his 17 inch Sacred Heart of Jesus statue which I restored for him last year.
Denis told me why his statue is special to him;
"I purchased the statue 55 years ago, on my 16th birthday, at the Catholic Repository shop on Moor Lane in Bolton.
A big thank you to Denis for taking the time to send such a lovely photo of the restored statue. We love it!
as though she was teetering on the edge, preparing to jump.
Fr. S wanted to find something more fitting to help with devotions in his church. Providentially, the answer to this problem came as a commission for us to produce a new statue of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
Having seen the Marian shrine of my childhood church in Liverpool relegated to a meeting room, (during re-ordering in the 70's) I am grateful to Fr. S for having considered me for this work, and to have been part of re-instating devotion to her. It helped to heal that former sense of loss, to know that devotion to Mary would be shared again.
Liturgical artist/restorer. Bachelor of Art and Design, Catholic Blogger
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