The Bambino from the crib set of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Wigan is restored
1. Amateur repairs had rendered the original arm irreparable.
2. A new arm was modeled in clay and a mould made around it.
3. The old arm has to be discarded because of the poor condition.
4. The arm has been replaced and the figure restored.
This 40 inch plaster nativity set needed some TLC. It had become rather grubby and damaged with years of handling.
The shepherd figure below has been cleaned prior to repairs. The old repair, shows the missing end of the pipe has not been re-attached but painted over.
As the broken end of the chanter is missing, here are three stages of my re-building them..
(fig 1.) the proposed correction far left,
(fig 2.) Supports fitted to rebuild the mouth of chanters and fingers,
(fig 3.) Shaping the fingers to match the originals.
Below; My dog makes a good model for broken ears!
The fingers and fluted chanters after re-building and before colour is applied.
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