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Postby gingercatni » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:32 pm

I have just bought an old iron Buddha statue. I like iron statues simply because they tend to be much older and mark the switch to bronze that we see today. However iron rusts and the statue has flaky gold paint on its face. I can do one of two things, repaint the statue with an iron paint or seal the iron in a wax base stopping it rusting, anyone think of which sounds better? I don't want to ruin an old statue. :juggling:
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby daverupa » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:38 pm

1. Let it rust.
2. See anicca.
3. ???
4. Profit
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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby adeh » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:40 pm

Paint it....
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby gingercatni » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:45 pm

i might just paint it, still undecided! :jumping: i'm not going to profit on it or anything by selling it, it's strictly for my home shrine, plus it looks as it was part of a large statue once it a buddha head not statue should have made that clear! I might get the gold paint and do a test on something else and see what it looks like when the paint is dry, otherwise just clean and preserve.
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby kiwi » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:53 pm

3??? maybe you could get it sandblasted first, then seal or paint the outside .
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:49 pm

If the statue is an antique rather than a modern replica made to look old, it might be worthwhile consulting with a conservator with a large museum in your state or provincial capital city. Phone ahead first and make an appointment. The person may also be able to give you some advice over the phone and/or point you towards other resources.
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby Viscid » Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:14 pm

Let it rust. Buddha needn't be pretty.
"What holds attention determines action." - William James
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby Bonsai Doug » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:25 am

Let it rust = impermanence.
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

~ Tibetan Book of the Dead
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby pilgrim » Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:30 pm

Preserve the natural iron look. Spray it over with varnish.
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby unspoken » Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:32 pm

if it's place outside, let it rust. If it's inside, paint it, just in case if the statue got a broken spot and someone accidentally got a cut by it
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Re: old iron buddha statue

Postby gingercatni » Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:29 pm

i think i will just paint the face I would like to preserve it as I restored the Buddha statue I have in my shrine and I plan to bequeath it to my local museum in my will as it's over 100 years old. I know nothing can last forever, but I like trying to preserve things for other people to see. When it arrives I'll post pics of the progress.
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