A metal finishes make-over story
Not so long ago we were asked to repair and bronze metal-finish a life-size alloy cast of the crucifixion of Christ. When we received the statue it was in a tired, worn condition.
The original gold paint that covered the statue was flaking and faded. Fingers and toes were missing and it was in desperate need of a grand makeover to return it to its former glory.
The life-size cast was originally salvaged from the garden of a retired priest in Otford, Kent. However since then the statue had been out of view of the public – stored safely in the garage of retired Rev John Bailey.
Not wanting to let the statue go for scrap, Rev John approached us to discuss the possibilities for its renovation and metal finishes in bronze. A project like this is always an interesting prospect for us. Taking something that appears to have little value anymore then transforming it into a vibrant new piece of art/sculpture is very satisfying.
There was a fair bit of work involved to get the figure back to its earlier splendour. The initial repairs included making new resin casts to replace the missing fingers and toes and general preparation before the first base coat was applied.
That done the cast then received a coating of real molten bronze (thermal spray). At this stage the bronze coating doesn’t remotely resemble a solid cast bronze.
It is only with further finishing that the transformation is revealed. Verdigris detail was then added and a final protective finish applied.
Rev John was very pleased with the renovation and especially happy that at long last the statue is again back in the public domain.
The statue now resides in the peaceful grounds of a West Kent church. Parishioners are free to visit anytime to use the space around for quiet prayer. It hangs on the original wooden crucifix.