This statue of the Sacred Heart had long been a familiar presence at Mr. K's home. When an unruly breeze and a billowing curtain knocked it from the sill, the base and neck were snapped. Rather than discard this much loved piece, an attempt was made by a friend, to repair the head (1) but the glue had never set quite right.. and the base had been made stable with some (2) window putty - well, it is a type of modelling clay of sorts!
Mr. K. decided it was time to have the statue professionally restored; To do this successfully, first the head and the putty base had to be removed, and the areas of break cleaned up before the repairs could be done. (3)
As much putty as possible was removed from the base, (4) though some oily deposits had leached into the plaster,making adhesion of new plaster difficult. A new plinth was made (5) and shaped, then the missing length of folds and the feet were re- modelled.
Liturgical artist/restorer. Bachelor of Art and Design, Catholic Blogger
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