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Antique French Napoleon Bonaparte Bust Bronze Sculpture

Antique Bronze Napoleon Statue Restoration

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Restore vase lesson
How to Replace Stoneware Crock's rim using the potter's wheel
How to replace Stoneware crock's rim
Cementing, filling, coloring and glazing broken antique plate
Restore plate lesson including coloring
kintsugi - mending broken pottery with gold
Kintsugi - mending with gold
How to repair crack in ceramic
How to fix ceramic crack
Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl
Restore bowl lesson w/ missing pieces
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Painting pottery after repair
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Making missing part w/ fired clay
Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain
Repairing broken stone sculptures and statues
Repairing broken stone sculpture

This 200 years old Antique French Napoleon Bonaparte Bust Bronze Sculpture (signed by David) was made using the "Lost Wax" casting method with the original plaster mold remaining inside the statue contributing to present of moisture. The present of moisture oxidized the bronze and eroded the plaster structure under. Both issues needed to be addressed. In addition, we addressed all other Bronze weak areas that were partially eroded, too thin or with crumbled plaster to prevent continuing degradation or collapsing of weak bronze walls during normal handling.

Napoleon bronze bust with corrosion damage

Corroded areas are in several places with loose plaster requiring removal as well

Grind loose plaster off and drill holes for consolidator to settle in for stronger structure

Cut open area where plaster is not present for support as entry opening for consolidator

Remove bronze that is too thin to avoid future failures

After bronze is removed, remove eroded plaster

Slice open areas needing structure reenforcement

Blow off any loose particles

Inject B72 and other required consolidators to bond soft plaster and add inner structure

Heat epoxy based consolidator to liquefy it to seep into needed areas

Fill with pigmented epoxy

Sculpt filler to the correct shape

Sand filled surfaces

Filled surfaces sanded and polished ready for patina

Apply metallic base patina

Patina application in process (10-15 layers)

Apply cold glaze over repaired areas for proper sheen and surface texture

Bronze Casting Using The Lost-Wax Technique

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