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 I

| 01 January, 2013 12:34

So you purchased one of my outdoor art pieces and have been enjoying it all summer long. Now that it's getting cold and rainy, 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.




Metal and ClayTile Pieces Mounted on Wood

Tile is made from clay and clay comes from the earth. The glaze color on the tile is really a layer of molten glass that has fused onto the clay. Therefore, glazed tile will theoretically last for milennia outside in the elements.  However, in the colder regions where there are freezing and thawing cycles, such as in areas where there is snow, the clay "may" crack over time, so tile sculptures should be kept in a covered area during the particularly cold or wet months.

Sanded grout is often used between the tile and glass pieces in my work and I often paint the grout and spray it with a clear sealer; over time, the sealer may wear off and should be periodically sprayed with a product like Rustoleum Clear Gloss spray paint.

Additionally, the tile and glass pieces are adhered to a sheet of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) wood, which is not normally rated for outdoor use.  Although I cover the wood with a couple layers of wood preservative or exterior paint to minimize damage from weather, you should spray the front and back of the sculptures with a clear sealant like Rustoleum Clear Gloss spray paint at least once per year.


 

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