This blog describes the process and inspirations for the creation of Kanika Marshall's mixed media sculptures.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR OUTDOOR KANIKA ART BEAUTIFUL - Part II

| 01 January, 2013 14:52

So you purchased one of my outdoor art pieces and have been enjoying it all summer long. Now that it's autumn and starting to rain, there are some recommended actions you might want to take to keep the sculpture looking great for years and years to come. Here are some helpful hints you might want to follow for different types of Kanika sculptures.

 

Garden NymphMetal artwork

I use recycled steel and sometimes aluminum and copper in my kinetic sculptures.

 

The surface of the metal is often smoothed or textured using an angle iron grinder and different pads/heads. Then I use a MIG welder to essentially fuse different pieces of metal together.

 

Sometimes I adhere glass and clay to the metal structure and have the piece powder coated to help resist rusting.

 

Sometimes I will spray the piece with a protective sealant like Rustoleum Clear Gloss to retard rusting. However, it is important to understand that steel will most likely eventually rust a bit if left in the elements, whether it is powder-coated or sealed.

 

To minimize potentially rusting, spray the entire sculpture with a product like Rustoleum Clear Gloss to retard rusting.

 

Often the sculpture is welded to a concave disk to form a really strong base that does not tip during strong winds.

 

NOTE: I often leave the base to rust naturally, so if the base is to be placed on a nice surface like a wood floor or carpet, you might want to first lay down a mat/towel on the surface under the rusty base.


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