Bronze sculpture horse

The first step in cleaning your bronze sculpture should be removing any dust from the surface using a soft clean cloth. You can make another useful tool for removing dust by taking a medium to soft bristled paint brush and wrapping the metal ferrule which holds the bristles with several layers of duct tape or electrical tape. this will prevent the metal of the paint brush from scratching the surface of the bronze statue. A toothbrush also makes a good cleaning tool for bronze statues.

If further cleaning is needed, apply distilled water (to avoid water spots) to a soft cloth and gently wipe the surface to clean. It is best to have a dry cloth available to dry the cleaned area after wiping it clean.
If the bronze has a wood base, use care not to get water on the wood base which could damage it.
Do not use detergents or other cleaning agents unless absolutely necessary and then use with caution by testing the product in a small area. 
I strongly recommend consulting with a good patina artist or foundry if you are uncertain.

If your bronze sculpture has special coatings or unusual varied patinas, take care to not alter the surface or remove coloring that could damage the future value of the bronze sculpture. Do not use abrasive polishes, brushes or chemicals which could scratch the surface of the metal.

It is important to display your bronze sculpture in a location that will best preserve it. Bronze sculptures should be displayed in well ventilated areas away from excessive heat and humidity. 

Applying wax your Bronze Sculpture:
Rather than using waxes or polishes that may contain cleaning agents, foundries recommend Johnson’s Paste Wax, or Renaissance wax which is inert and will not yellow over time. A thin, even coat of wax should be applied to the clean bronze sculpture using a soft bristle paint brush (once again, wrapping the metal part of the brush with tape will protect the surface of the bronze sculpture from damage. The wax should be allowed to set up for several hours, then the bronze sculpture can be buffed or polished using a soft cloth.
A second coat of wax will add additional gloss if desired. There is no harm in waxing a sculpture more frequently if the wax is applied in thin coats.
For your outdoor bronze horse sculptures, cleaning and waxing once a year as a minimum is something I highly recommend.  If the bronze is being exposed to high humidity or other adverse 
conditions, waxing the bronze more often may be needed in order to protect and preserve your patina.  
For questions regarding care and preservation of the patina of your bronze sculpture, it is wise to consult with a professional patina artist or bronze foundry in order to best protect your investment.

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Bronze Horses and western bronze horse sculptures by fine artist Kim Corpany.

Care and Cleaning of your Bronze horse Sculpture

Bronze horses: 

Preserving and caring for your bronze sculpture

Bronze sculpture

 Care of the Patina on your Bronze Sculpture:
 Patina (pronounced /ˈpætəna/ or /pəˈtiːnə/ ) is a tarnish that forms on the surface of bronzewhich is produced by oxidation or other  chemical processes.
 Patination is the process of applying layers of color to the surface of a bronze sculpture. The patina artist creates this color by applying  chemicals on the sculpture with heat. Patina is also the natural reaction of bronze to atmospheric conditions, such as chemicals and  humidity and even man made environmental conditions such as water from sprinklers. The artist or the foundry will protect the patina  with coats of wax or a lacquer to deter change in the patina. Because atmospheric elements constantly work on bronze surfaces after  leaving the foundry, certain steps can be taken by the art collector to help preserve the original patina of the bronze sculpture.
 Bronze is a very durable metal. Your bronze sculpture can last for centuries! The patina is the most delicate part of your bronze. 

 Many bronze collectors prefer to let the wax coating wear thin and enjoy the natural reaction and aging process of the patina especially  on outdoor bronze sculptures. 

 Wise collectors consult with a patina artist, foundry, or art conservator regarding any major changes in your bronze sculpture's patina.
 I recommend patina artist Laurie Tidwell and her company Patina Works for excellent patina on bronze sculpture 1(801)367-1276
 An excellent book on bronze sculpture patina is available from Colorado patina artist Patrick Kipper. 

 Patinas for Silicon Bronze, by Patrick Kipper

The raw bronze horse sculpture is sandblasted and ready for patina. A bronze sculpture, if left in this raw state will naturally go darker and darker, eventually becoming nearly black or, if exposed to water, green due the the copper content of the bronze metal.
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bronze horses sculpted by equestrian sculptor kim corpany. add a bronze horse statue created by one of the best artists of bronze horse statues to your art collection.​
bronze horse statue collectors worldwide are making the horse art of kim corpany a part of their collections.

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The finished custom bronze horse sculpture!
The finished bronze horse sculpture after patina (color) has been applied by the use of chemicals and heat processes to change the color of the metal,the finish has been sealed with a coat of hot wax, and the piece has been mounted on a beautiful walnut wood base.


Contact Kim Corpany about commissioning a bronze horse sculpture or purchasing any of the bronze horses or western bronze sculptures shown on this website.
1(801)845-5168 or email:  kim@corpany.com

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Learn more about the mold making and lost wax bronze casting process.

Click here to follow this bronze stallion through the bronze casting process.

Bronze horses
Bronze horses