How long does my order take to ship?
As long as the sculpture you choose is in stock, shipping takes approximately 3-5 business days with a processing time of 1-2 business days (excluding holidays). Monumental, Jumbo, and any other size that is freight shipping typically takes 6-10 business days. The email you provide during checkout will be used for tracking updates during the shipping process.
What is bronze?
Bronze is a metal alloy comprised mostly of copper (about 95%). The other elements in bronze can include phosphorus, manganese, aluminum, and silicon. Sculptures cast in bronze are created using the lost wax casting process and are sometimes referred to ashot-cast bronze.
Why is my sculpture changing color and what should I do about it?
Any metal sculpture, whether it is bronze or another metal, will likely change in appearance over time. A number of factors can affect the way a metal sculpture ages. These include:
Environmental factors (for example, humidity, exposure to salt air, extreme sunlight, handling, and contact with water and/or chemicals). A good maintenance program is the best way to guard against further undesired changes to patina and possible metal corrosion.
The original patina and finish. Some of the chemicals used during the patination process hold up better over time and in certain conditions than others. For example, the chemical that produces a white patina is fairly unstable and is not suitable for sculptures that will be installed outside, and a red patina will often darken or fade over time. Regardless of the type of patina used, any sculpture must be well sealed after patination (with either wax or lacquer). This finish must be maintained to preserve the underlying patina.
Proper maintenance. If a bronze is properly maintained over time, it should age nicely and restoration should not be required. However, if a sculpture is left unattended for a period of time, it might collect layers of dust, dirt, or chemical/mineral build up that should be removed to preserve the patina and prevent possible corrosion.
Some people enjoy watching the finishes of their sculptures "evolve," while others prefer that their sculptures retain the original (like-new) appearance. If you are unhappy with the appearance of a sculpture that has begun to change color, we can clean and seal the piece, or we can remove the old patina and apply a new patina and finish. The questions at the bottom of this page should help you decide what to do in your particular case.
How should I care for and maintain my bronze sculpture?
At a minimum, you can keep your sculpture clean and dust free using a soft cloth, feather duster, or soft-bristle brush. NEVER use a chemical cleaner or metal polish on your sculpture. Doing so will damage the finish, often severely. If you must, you can use a very small amount of mild soapy water to clean areas that do not come clean from dusting.
Every 6-12 months for indoor sculptures and every 4-6 months for outdoor sculptures, after cleaning your sculpture, place it in the sun for a few hours (or carefully heat it with a hairdryer) and apply a thin layer of Tre-wax using a soft natural-bristle brush. After the wax has dried to a haze, buff your sculpture with a soft clean cloth.