The beauty and simplicity of Susan Lordi's Willow Tree figurine collection has captured the fancy of many a collector. The whimsical figurines are first sculpted and then carved by Lordi. Contrary to popular mythology, Lordi uses sculpting clay to create her figurines, and not the wood of a willow tree. The original figures are shipped to China, where they are cast in a resin mold. The mold captures each intricate detail in the figurines. After the resin is cured, the figurines are individually painted with a lead-free, water-based paint. The Willow Tree Angel figurines are embellished with wire wings, which give the figurines a lovely, primitive appearance. Proper care of the Willow Tree Angel figurines should eliminate the need for cleaning; however, if a Willow Tree Angel needs to be cleaned, there are simple steps to ensure it is done correctly.
Dust the figurine and remove any rust from the wings with a soft cloth. The wings are metal, and though it doesn't happen very often, they can rust like any other metal wire. To remove the rust, use fine-grit sandpaper and carefully rub to rid the wings of the rust. When you are finished, use a dry dust cloth or blow on the wing to remove excess metal dust.
Use a non-abrasive cloth and warm water with a mild detergent to get rid of any marks or stains. Spot-clean if possible. (Good old-fashioned spit works well! The enzymes in your spit help get rid of stains.) If the figurine is stained as a result of smoke or a spill, it is best to wash it by hand. Use a soft makeup brush or cotton swabs to reach behind the wings. If the angel is holding something that can be removed, do so to clean behind it. Try not to get the wings very wet; though this will not harm the wings, moisture can contribute to rusting. Rinse the angel thoroughly, wipe with a clean cloth, and allow it to completely air dry. Remember, using an abrasive sponge or brush can scratch and chip the paint.
Store the figurines in a cool, dry place. Exposure to the elements can cause the paint's color to fade or change and can cause streaking. The angel's wings will be more likely to rust if kept in a humid environment. To stave off rusting, you can carefully apply polyurethane to the wings for extra protection. Remember to dust the figurines frequently; excess dust can act as an abrasive, wearing away at the paint.