Refurbishing Bronze Fountain

Bronze Fountain – Before

Refurbished bronze

Downtown Salem Oregon has several really beautiful historic homes.  Over the years I have had the privilege of painting in some of those homes, hearing their stories, their history.

It is an amazing thing to come across people who care not just about having a beautiful place to live but to become care takers of the history of a home.  That is truly what Willy and Karen are.  Making their home and it’s surrounding gardens a gorgeous and peaceful oasis is what comes natural to them but preserving history is priority.

Recently I was entrusted with “Pixie”, the Kohne’s bronze garden fairy who sits peacefully in their breathtaking water feature that Willy designed.  Pixie sits behind three flowers that serve as the fountain for the main water feature pool.  The water is chlorinated so major corrosion had begun where that water had hit.  The corrosion on the base leaves had begun to eat through several layers of the metal.

Pixie base

I am so thankful for the input of the many bronze artists that I spoke to about Pixie.  They stressed to me the importance of preparing the metal properly and then sealing it with the right types of paint to stop the corrosion.

So, I set about to work on Pixie using a dremel and soft wire bits to remove the areas of extensive corrosion.  The next step was to get a good automotive paint primer on that etches into the metal, followed by an automotive paint and finally clear coat.

Pixie’s wing got a very special touch.  They were covered with 24 karat gold leaf and then clear coated with a uv filtering top coat.