Heart Preparation

IMPORTANT NOTE:   The depth of the Heart has been increased from 18” to 24”

Heart Preparation/Finishing Tips Recommended:

Preparation: Your form is primed with an acrylic white. Wash the surface while looking it over carefully to see if there are any holes to fill or defects in the surface that must be fixed before proceeding. If small holes are found, fill with a lightweight fast drying spackling compound. Smooth with a spatula and let set before sanding. For your health and safety, always wear vinyl or rubber gloves and dust masks or respirators when prepping your sculpture.Work in a well-ventilated space. CLEAN UP THE DUST WITH DAMP MOPS, DON’T SWEEP. If you find any areas where the primer appears to be light or flaking, lightly sand; another coat of your own white acrylic will finish your prep work.

Paint: We recommend acrylics when you paint your Heart sculpture. Latex wall or house paints are not recommended. Avoid paints that do not have a high colorfast rating – you don’t want your design to disappear in the sunlight!

Clear-Coat: Artists will receive the name of the auto-body clear coat which they are required to apply to their sculpture as a final finish. This product will create a hard-shell, high-gloss finish with a UV-protection component. DO NOT clear-coat over mosaic or mirrored surfaces.

Additions and Extensions: Remember that anything you add to the sculpture will be vulnerable. Vandals (and the weather) will try to remove add-ons, so think “permanence” when planning and executing your design. There are professionals in your community who can help you do this, such as auto-body shops and others who work with fiberglass. If you wish to sculpt forms onto your fiberglass Heart, use epoxy putty. Go to http://www.magicsculp.com and/or http://www.restorersupplies.com for epoxy putty and product tech support. To glue additions onto your sculpture, use Liquid Nails or jewelers cement, epoxy adhesives or Bond 527 multi-purpose cement. We do NOT recommend that you add hats, bags and other items made of fabric. They will deteriorate outside.

NOTE: Buyers will not be happy with faulty artwork, so when working with the form, think permanence! These tips have been compiled from the experiences reported by Public Art Project Artists across the Country. For that reason, please regard the enclosed information as important advice on how to proceed. The success of the entire process depends upon an Artist’s knowledge of materials and proper application. If in doubt, TEST all of your materials.