Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mary MacKillop sculpture now complete and ready for installation

It's been a while since I sat down to write anything on my blog. Sinse returning from overseas there has been a load happening and I just haven't had the time to write till now.
The trip over to Footscray Victoria, went smoothly. Cameron one of the owners of the foundry kindly picked me up from the airport and brought me back to my accomodation each day and also picked me up and took me to the foundry which I was grateful for.
We had a little bit of fettling to do on a couple of spots, but then got to work on the patina of the bronze.
Mary's habit was brown which we worked on first, leaving the face and lighter parts till later. We also worked the girl's dress darker than her pinafore, then worked Jimmy's clothing as well, the shirt being a little lighter than his pants.
We then went back to Maggie's face and also worhed Mary,s face the same. After a bit of discussion we made Jimmy's skin and face a matt french brown and it looked wonderful as a matt surface. We finally lightened Mary's coif, and also Put some blue colour on the bows, Mary's AM on the front of her habit and the scarf around the little boy,s neck. We then waxed the whole sculpture and spent the last hour going over it to make sure we had covered everything.
The whole process took three days to finish so now it is in storage over at the foundry till the Foundry brings it over and mounts it in March ready for the dedication on 22nd March next year, in Adelaide.

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