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From sleeve to elbow it's rotten plaster and rusty iron. 
The other figures were worse. Bird is bondo or something
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Statue Repair

We have always welcomed statue repair jobs. We specialize in plaster, concrete, marble and terra cotta. Almost all the architectural reproduction jobs we do start with a fair amount of repair, after all. The first big one was a 1-ton marble Chinese lion caught in a fire. Local tree-trimming crews know to come here when they damage a backyard treasure.

We may paint the repaired area ourselves, or call in a faux finisher. You may use a finisher of your own choosing.

I thought the bird belonged in her hand. 
We used a grinder to remove spurious dots and raised seams of concrete.
New steel armature was welded to the old.
This job: 1993

2008: They came back! Years of mistreatment - they had lifted them by their arms- and they needed repairing and repainting.

Missing arm was recast from another angel, fitted and glued in place.



Do it yourself:
I get many inquiries from poor souls who have bought things over the net that arrive broken. 
1) What material is it? Plaster, ceramic, stone or plastic?
2) The break/s: clean, or rough: see ground material, smoothed-over stumps?
If clean, do it yourself with Superglue or 10-min epoxy.
If rough, consider repairing with Bondo.
You need me for bigger jobs and when the broken part is gone.
Oddly enough, 10-minute epoxy is not inferior to 2-hour formula! Just faster.
Adding dust (fine or coarse to match your surface) can help hide the seam.


 
Jahn Mortars

Architectural repair/renovation has been plagued with products that seem to patch stonework, but in fact they seal over the stone's porosity, preventing the natural flow of air, water and salts that move through stone. This has led to the patch being pushed back out by this pressure.
Another problem comes when the patch is harder/stronger than the real stone. The stone shrinks and expands, cracking up around the patch. Same result.

So Jahn mortars were invented to be slightly weaker, equal in expansion/contraction, and at least as porous as the stone they patch. Cathedral Stone makes a limestone/sandstone, marble, terra cotta, granite, mortar, concrete and several other formulas. These mortars are costly, but there is very low waste, and most patches are not large. 
I attended training in Oct 2005. We spent most of our classtime learning to patch: prepping the stone, mixing the mortar, applying and scraping it flat. Then there were demos of advanced techniques and the related paints, stains, paint strippers, etc. An amazing system.
One thing that stands out for me is needing to ask the building owner, do you intend to clean this building soon?
 

If you own statues:

Go out and take a bunch of good photos of them. Put in a safe place. Too often there are no pictures of what the piece looked like when perfect, so we're guessing when we repair.

I can match the dirty stone or I can match the cleaned stone. They are not the same color!
Sculpturally this stuff is magical. Quick to build up by hand and small tools, it grows firmer and is easy to carve as well as add to.
Over the next couple of days you must dampen by misting it and it attains full strength.
The stones that have aggregate, including concrete and granite, are done by mixing a base color, and pressing pebbles and sand of the right color and size into the surface.
A consideration is, it's meant to repair aged stone. It does not seem to come close to shiny surfaces.
Their tools are moderately priced. The workshop is a steep $900, considering they have made us into salesmen as well as installers.
In the training, they had 3 or 4 teachers for 12 students, a very hands-on bunch. By certifying installers, they can be sure only their recommended techniques are used, and then they guarantee the results.
 
 

Take a look also at the Terra Cotta repair page.

 

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