JavaScript Menu, DHTML Menu Powered By Milonic
Earl Basom: Master Sculptor and The Cowboy of Cowboy Artists


The Care of Bronze Art



Whether your bronze is an investment or a matter of art appreciation, it is important to know how to properly care for your sculpture. Bronzes are relatively care-free. Regular dusting is the minimum of care it requires. If you do find a need to clean your bronze more thoroughly, please refer to the suggested cleaning processes listed below.


CLEANING A BRONZE

Remove dust with a damp sponge. To dislodge imbedded material from deep crevices, try using a toothpick, though proceed carefully. Do not use metal objects or wire brushes. Do not apply abrasives, such as cleaners; these materials will scratch the finish.

POLISHING

Polishing will give your bronze a bright clean look. Any of the following procedures may be used in polishing a bronze figure. All are safe to apply on any type of finish.

SILICONE GUN-POLISHING CLOTH

To bring out natural-looking highlights, rub the figure vigorously with the silicone-treated cloth.

TRANSPARENT LEATHER PRESERVATIVE

Apply the preservative to a soft damp cloth and wipe it over the surface of the bronze. Next, rub the surface with a dry, soft cloth. The more you rub, the higher the luster.

LIGHTWEIGHT LOCK OR WATCH OIL

Apply the oil with a long bristled paint brush. Cover the entire figure with the oil. Allow the oil to set, so that excess oil can drip off; after a few minutes, wipe the surface gently with a soft cloth, thus leaving the figure with a pleasing moist look.

SPRAY WAX

For general, everyday upkeep, clean your figure with a spray wax, such as Pledge, and a soft cloth. This will give it a protective wax finish and alleviate dust, which can destroy a patina.



John Bascom

Home | Biography | Sales & Leasing Inquiries | Museums & Collections | News | Site Index

Contents of this site are © Copyrighted by Bascom Productions.