The tail was precision welded and the patina replicated
Bronze African Elephant After Restoration
The elephant is in a charging position rarely seen in bronze.
How to Care For Your Bronze
The coloration on the surface of your bronze is achieved by an artistic application of specific chemical compounds (patination) causing certain oxidation processes to occur which brings about specific colors. The bronze is then "sealed" traditionally with waxes and /or lacquers. This is done to protect the patina as well as the bronze surface, which is otherwise quite sensitive to color changes brought about by exposure to its immediate atmosphere.
Therefore, in order to maintain your bronze patina, we recommend that you apply a thin coat of "Johnson's" Paste Wax (if your patina is light and will be outdoors you may want to use "Trewax" AS "Johnson" paste wax may darken light patina's) to the surface once or twice a year. Using a soft bristle brush (never a rag) apply a thin coat. Let the wax dry for approximately five minutes. Then, using a soft clean cloth, wipe your bronze until the desired glow or sheen appears.
For areas that have extremely high polished bronze or stainless steel, use chrome or silver cleaning cream, making sure you do not get it on the surrounding patina color (Q-tips are often a good tool for this application). Let it dry and buff with a soft clean cloth. For these areas, the polish can be used as necessary.
Your sculpture may have weep holes to drain water from recessed areas. Periodically check to make certain the holes are free of debris and open for drainage. This will prevent water from collecting in negative areas which may cause the patina to discolor.
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Before Restoration: The African Elephant's tail had broken.