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How to Look After Your Bronze Sculptures

Jun 29, 2008
The artistically beautiful works of bronze sculpture has literally been around since ancient times. Before the coming of the bronze sculptures, the bronze metal its self was originally used in the makings of weaponry and other useful items.

Bronze sculpting is a medium of alloy metal that has been around for centuries, and even had an era time period named after it, called the Bronze Age. The artistically beautiful works of bronze sculpture has literally been around since ancient times. What first was sculpted from stone eventually became sculpted from bronze throughout Egypt, India, Greece, Rome and the rest of the world. Bronze was not originally specifically the cherished sculpting metal that it is today. Before the coming of the bronze sculptures, the bronze metal its self was originally used in the makings of weaponry and other useful items. But with the uniqueness of expanding within the casting so well to details, bronze soon was recognized as a wonderful sculpture material.

Along with the ease of detail of bronze sculptures, there also became a cherished uniqueness of outer changing beauty that only happens with bronze, and that is the patina that begins to happen over time to the outer layers of any bronze. Although patina is the changing of the outer bronze colors naturally, there has also been the artificial ways of getting many patina color variations for the beautification and for the looks of natural antiquity of the bronze sculpture its self. Artificial patina being applied upon the sculptures of bronze was highly popular during the Renaissance period just for the purpose of making a bronze sculpture seemingly look as if it is of one from antique collections.

These artificial effects would create the exact replicas of antiquity with the colors of greens, browns and all in between variances of natural bronze aging shades. But in the late 19th Century and the early 20th Century, with the desires for the artificially coloring of bronze took a completely different turn toward an expansion with many different colorful variations. With the chemical coloring expansion of bronze, there are many bronze artists of today that love to experiment with the numerous chemical ways of bringing out a wide number of colorful reactions upon their bronze artwork.

There is not only a fun point of classic uniqueness when an artist truly has learned the many wonderful techniques of modern day artificial patina, but there is a necessity and desire to know these many methods of patina so be able to properly repair severely damaged bronze statues and other bronze artworks. For those who truly respect the natural artist beauty of the Bronze sculpture that they have collected, there is a dire need to have it properly repaired as if the damage had never happened to begin with. One of the most common ways of bronze sculpture damage is done by nature's horribly strong storms that may happen from time to time, and when damaged is caused, the owner of the bronze artwork will pay to have the bronze professionally repaired and the patina to be as exact as possible to its natural state. For these reasons, the artistic knowledge of artificial patina is very important.
About the Author
Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Bronze sculpture and Silver Art to Netsuke.
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