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Most bronze sculptures are patinated after fettling; this gives the bronze various colours and stabilizes the bronze in terms of the final colour and oxidation. Once this is done, a special hard wax is applied to protect and seal the patinated bronze from oxidizing further.

Nickel coated bronze: Although my nickel patina is approximately six times harder than bronze or any other patina, it still needs to be looked after and sealed with wax to maintain its luster and protect it from the elements like salty sea air or acid rain that could make it go yellowish colour.  

Bronzes that are outside in the elements will need a warm water wash and waxing more often depending on where they are. Near the coast or where acid rain is experienced, you may need to wax about 2-3 times per year. Where conditions are mild, this process will be necessary only once a year. If the sculpture is indoors, this process will need to be completed only once every five years.

DO NOT use regular indoor furniture spray polish, as this will affect the patina and protective carnuba wax which is already on the sculpture.

To Apply sealing wax: Apply the wax with a soft paint brush; allow to dry for at least 30 minutes, then buff by hand with a soft, cotton cloth. Wax is available from us.

If your bronze is dusty, just use a soft, damp cloth to wipe off dust, then buff lightly with a dry, soft cloth. DO NOT use any detergents on the sculpture.

Most patinas will darken slightly over many years.

Thank you for caring for your sculpture- we hope it will bring you pleasure for years to come.


Louis Chanu lives in the Elgin Valley, near Cape Town, South Africa 
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Bronze  Sculptures of female and male figures and animals by South African sculptor  Louis Chanu