Repairing a Large Shona Stone Sculpture Broken to Many Parts and With Missing Pieces
This 200 lbs Spring or Shona stone sculpture came with two other sculptures in a similar shape delivered from Africa to an Executive suite in NYC. The shipping process from Africa broke the set to many pieces and some pieces broke to dust. The objective was to put the sculptures together using metal rods to insure proper structural integrity. Than, we had to sculpt, with clay, the missing pieces, fire them in a kiln and cement them in place. All cracks, chips and dings had to be filled, polished and treated. The stone multi-colors required painting details and the glazing / waxing had to match natural stone luster. Stone luster needed to be absorbed by the added materials / fillers without any build up. Any build up would have made the finished effect look like a ceramic vessel and not a stone. Note: This repair is not suitable for outdoors use.