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Tony Novak Studio
Novak Studio
5010 Idaho Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209 USA
Tel. 615-385-4368
Fax. 773-303-0914
Statuary Restoration, Sculpture and Moldmaking 
of Architectural Elements. Fiberglass Reinforced 
Casting for Gypsum and Polymer Cement.

Tony Novak has been a sculptural artisan for over 10 years. He specializes in restoration of statuary and sculptural elements.  Currently Tony is restoring his eighth historic marble statue for Belmont University and Estate.  The work Belmont has entrusted to Tony is a multi-year, multi-statue restoration and preservation project which includes sculpting missing parts, making molds and creating cast stone replicas.
 The original marble statue, in dire need of restoration.

The original marble statue, in dire need of restoration.
 Restoring the original. Using SuperSeal® to temporarily seal the statue, clay is layered over the surface. Here, you can see the line between the old and the new.

Restoring the original. Using SuperSeal® to temporarily seal the statue, clay is layered over the surface. Here, you can see the line between the old and the new.
 With the clay restoration complete, the clay will be removed after the mold is made and the SuperSeal® will be washed off, leaving the statue clean.

With the clay restoration complete, the clay will be removed after the mold is made and the SuperSeal® will be washed off, leaving the statue clean.
 Mold is made using Smooth-Sil® 920, which allows the artist to cut the seams, brush it on, color different layers, pour it, thicken it, thin it, separate or bond layers, overcoming any challenge.

Mold is made using Smooth-Sil® 920, which allows the artist to cut the seams, brush it on, color different layers, pour it, thicken it, thin it, separate or bond layers, overcoming any challenge.
 The back of this figure is molded with keys and parting seams. Smooth-Sil® 920 allows the building of these ''tooling features'' with minimal trouble.

The back of this figure is molded with keys and parting seams. Smooth-Sil® 920 allows the building of these ''tooling features'' with minimal trouble.
 A mold knife is used to clean and sharpen seams along the back sections.

A mold knife is used to clean and sharpen seams along the back sections.
 A replica is made using a hand layup method to capture detail accurately. Since the statues are cast holllow, the artist needs to be able to reach inside the molds as he is working.

A replica is made using a hand layup method to capture detail accurately. Since the statues are cast holllow, the artist needs to be able to reach inside the molds as he is working.
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Smooth-On's special “IN
 The replica is patinaed. Here is the replica next to the original. Now the artist uses the new mold to cast weathered replacement parts for the original statue.

The replica is patinaed. Here is the replica next to the original. Now the artist uses the new mold to cast weathered replacement parts for the original statue.
 Using a special techique of layering the mold with wax, the artist simulates surface wear. A head and arm are cast in polymer cement that has less detail, matching the original statue.

Using a special techique of layering the mold with wax, the artist simulates surface wear. A head and arm are cast in polymer cement that has less detail, matching the original statue.
 Here is the replica and the restored original.

Here is the replica and the restored original.
 The new statue looks great back on the Belmont campus where the original once was.

The new statue looks great back on the Belmont campus where the original once was.
                   
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