Above: Damaged processional statue after restoration .
A recent request to restore a statue of Our lady for a May procession, proved a bit more of a challenge than usual. The face had lost its shape beneath layers of paint. The broken hands sported broken thumbs which had been replaced with "plaster sausages."
The lining on the mantle was textured with old repairs resembling a gold-painted rock fall.
The condition of this statue was rather poor, considering it for a decent burial seemed the kindest thing to do. However, the statue held memories for a number of parishioners, and so we did all we could to save it.
In this particular case, old paint had to be removed to reveal the true nature and extent of any damage. This would ensure that repairs would be sound and thorough. The inner walls were strengthened and her face remodeled along with her thumbs.
After many hours work, the statue looks good again, the surface of the gold mantle is smooth and her face pretty again -she will serve as a processional statue few more years yet!
Left: plastering over old paint makes for a poor repair, with low adhesion. It has made the thumb too large for the hand.
A section of the statue wall, compared with a two pound coin.
Reverse of the statue shows the split in thin plaster wall, and damage to the hands
A cracked neck suggested that the face may have been damaged when the head had fallen off at an earlier date. Nose, mouth and eyelids had to be rebuilt.
2017 marked the centennial of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima Portugal. Anyone devoted to the prayer of the rosary will be aware of her request for prayer for the conversion of sinners, and for the triumph of her Immaculate heart.
In the U.K. Marian devotions tend to circulate around Walsingham and Lourde, and these are the statues we restore the most, yet before the year of 2017 ends, I am posting a couple of Our lady of Fatima statues which we had the pleasure of restoring earlier in the year.
Mr Power was delighted with his 20 inch plaster statue, as were the
school children of St. Werburghs when we returned their re-decorated resin statue of Our Lady. The statue was blessed By Archbishop Longley
on the occasion of the schools fiftieth anniversary
Recently Hubby and I revisited a statue we restored last year. At that time, the lady chapel was undergoing a re-paint and installation had to wait.
The statue, known as "Queen of Heaven", had been "well - loved", and embellished over the years.
Over the years, the statue had accumilated many layers of paint, and although this figure usually holds a sceptre, the hand which held that sceptre had long since disappeared.
With all the paint and costume jewellery removed, a new hand could be modelled. I did this in such a way that the statue could hold a rosary instead of a sceptre because the priest was keen to have a rosary room/chapel.
And so the statue became that of " Queen of the Holy Rosary" .
Here she is, in her newly refurbished chapel, hopefully to be loved for many more years. (I love that the colours in the stained glass complement those in the statue. )
Queen of the Holy Rosary, Pray for us!)
As promised, photos of the finished Gothic statues, which had been awaiting restoration in our previous post, "Lenten Challenge".
The surfaces were restored to their original colours and decoration, which had been altered by a previous restorer; likewise the face and flesh areas were repainted to present a natural look...(rather than heavily applied make - up!)
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