We know some of you may have received a beautiful new Rip Caswell sculpture from Santa Claus and might be wondering how to care for your piece. With that in mind, we are re-publishing an earlier post on the subject. Of course, if you have any questions about your bronze, feel free to contact us at the Gallery.

Although you may not be charged with caring for Liberty Enlightening the World (see our post titled “In the News…”), you may own a bronze that is your personal pride and joy! Part of the appeal of bronze is its very low maintenance and resistance to atmospheric patination. However, over time a little TLC might be required—or desired—to bring it back to its original luster, especially if your sculpture lives outdoors.

Regular care of your bronze requires little more than a gentle dusting with a soft cloth, but if you’ve owned your bronze for a few years, you might want to brighten the surface up a bit.

If your sculpture is installed outside, Rip recommends using a neutral shoe wax like Kiwi Neutral Shoe Polish (in the tin) to clean the surface. Apply the polish on a sunny day when the sculpture will be warmed by the sun. Rub into the surface with a soft, dry cloth, allowing it to stay for the day until the sun goes down and the sculpture cools. The heat of the sculpture will help the wax melt into the pores of the bronze. Once cool, gently buff away any excess with a soft, dry cloth. Even though shoe shining is almost a dying art, Kiwi shoe polish is available almost everywhere.

If your piece is displayed indoors, you can use Scott’s Liquid Gold. Spray on to a soft, dry cloth and gently wipe your sculpture. Liquid Gold will rejuvenate and brighten the surface and is available almost everywhere.

If you sculpture has highly polished areas, Rip recommends Original Heavy Metal Polish. Follow their instructions and apply this polish to the shiny areas only. Where to buy .

If you’d like to learn more about taking care of your bronze, pick up a copy of Caring for Bronze by Patrick Kipper.  www.patrickkipper.com

If you have any additional questions about the caring for you bronze, feel free to call us at the Gallery. 503.492.2473.