A disarming Bambino
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Restoring a Baby Jesus figure
This Bambino was produced by Maison Rafl studio. Its broken arm had been covered in a resinous clay, which had been used to cover previous attempts at holding it together.
The resin which coated the arm and hand, could not be removed without damaging the figure further. Residues of various glues had permeated the limb, altering the structure of the plaster, rendering it irreparable. The extent of the old repairs
meant that the whole arm had to be removed.
The image below shows the old arm in poor condition, below it is a clay model which I made to the same style and size of the original.
At the bottom of the photo is the newly cast plaster arm.
(A two part mould was made around the clay model. This mould was then used to cast a new plaster arm for the bambino,)
I attached the new arm to the figure, inserting a supporting iron to strengthen it. Once painted, the figure looks as good as new.
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