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Posted By: George O'Hanlon
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Joined Date: Jun 15, 2004

We recommend contacting a professional restorer for guidance on this topic as we do not have sufficient expertise in the area of restoring metal objects. 

George O'Hanlon Technical Director Natural Pigments
Posted : Dec 14, 2017
Posted By: Yuefeng Gao
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Joined Date: Dec 14, 2017



I have a Buddha statue from Nepal. It was hand made and generally speaking, it is good. However, there are some flaws on the Buddha. You can see some little holes in the pictures below.


The statue was made by cooper and covered with gold. I tried to use gold powder and gum arabic to paint on the holes and polishing. However, I found that gum arabic cannot adhere to the metal or to the putty I used to fill the holes. Some holes are too small to use putty. The paint is very easy to be flaked after dry, so I can't polish it.

Also, I used 23.75K gold powder to repair, but the gold on the statue is not that pure, so the colors are different as well. 

Therefore I am wondering, what kind of glue should I use to make gold adhere to the metal tightly? Is gilding the whole statue better idea than paint on the flaws?

Posted : Dec 14, 2017

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