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A quick and easy guide to caring for outdoor bronze sculptures

It’s rough out there.  One of the biggest issues when placing anything outside for a long period of time is how it will respond to the elements. This is, of course, doubly important when the thing you are putting outside is a valuable, one-of-a-kind work of art.  If you walk around any large city in the United States for long enough you will come across a piece of public art that looks a bit worse for the wear. The unfortunate reality is, like many things in life, regular maintenance is cheap and easy, but if you neglect it, the resulting damage is expensive and difficult to repair.  The following is an easy to follow program for that applies specifically to outdoor bronze statues created by E. S. Schubert Sculpture Studios.  The information and steps included should also apply to most other bronze statues, however…

(and I have bolded this for a reason!) the application of paste waxes WILL change the character of the patina.  If you are at all uncertain about what you are dealing with, first try to reach out to the sculptor who created your sculpture. If you can’t get ahold of your sculpture’s creator, send us an email and we will help you out.   Read more

Tutorial #2, Proportional Enlarging Calipers

Fun with Proportional Enlarging Calipers!

Imagine all of the HUGE sculptures you could make if you only had a set of Proportional Calipers…wait for it…We’re gonna show you how!!!

Update: By popular demand, we edited the video, and now we offer calipers for sale on! So make them if you can, buy them HERE at a discount if you can’t.

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Tutorial #5, Drilling Stone Bases

Tutorial #5, Easily Drilling Holes in Stone Bases!

Almost every sculpture we make is mounted to some type of base. Sometimes wood or steel, but usually granite or marble. You could send a template to the stone base company, and pay them to drill the holes, but in our experience, it is easier to drill them yourself, and be sure they are in the right spot. Check out the video to see just how easy it is. All of the materials and resources will be in the show notes below. Now Drill Baby, Drill!

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Tutorial #1: Sculpture Boards

Welcome to the first session of the Sculptor’s Apprentice! Today’s post is about sculpture boards and bases. Whatever you call them, these are the things that you sculpt your clay on. There are lots of different ways to approach this, and this video shows you how we handle it in our studio. We would love to hear what you do, so post in the comments to share your tips with the community, and if you use our tutorial to get started, post a photo in the comments so we can be proud of you!

Below you will find the show notes with all the products that we talk about in the video.

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