Frequently Asked Questions

Karen and the studio...

Where can I learn more about Karen Rossi’s life and career?
Visit the About Us page on this website to get an inside look at Karen's life and career, and also stop to read some of what the media has to say.

Where is Karen's Studio located? Can we visit?
Karen Rossi Studios is located in Meriden, CT. Karen's studio is no longer open to the public due to her hectic travel schedule. She does make frequent personal appearances in association with different charities, shows, and retailers. Visit our Rossi News page to find out when Karen will be coming to a town near you.

Does Karen ever sell her original artwork?

Yes. Please contact Heart of the Country in Wethersfield, CT or visit Karen Rossi's monthly Open Houses In Norfolk, CT for the largest selection of original sculptures.

How does Karen make her original Fanciful Flight(tm) characters?
When making her creations, Karen always starts with a paper pattern which she places onto the metal, very much like a sewing pattern onto fabric. This shape is then cut out and painted. She attaches charms just like the kinds that you can find at your local crafts store, like Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics. You can also find really neat ones at hobby shops with the doll house pieces or special expensive ones at jewelry stores.

Now that you know how it's done, you could try making your own Fanciful Flight® or other creations yourself by drawing out characters and shapes on heavy paper. Cut it out, decorate, and dangle! If you'd like to have your masterpiece posted on the Karen Rossi website, you could even send us pictures. The address and legal details can be found on the For The Kids page and under Legal Disclaimers.

Why licensing? Isn't that selling out?
"I would respond to those who would say that you are selling out that they are selling themselves short with such a quick can they change the world if they do not get involved?" Karen says. As part of our mission statement proclaims, "Art licensing enables us to reach a broader audience as we offer high-quality decorative and social expression products that allow people to creatively express themselves with their décor and stationery products."

What finishes can be used on metals? What are some of the ways that Karen cares for the metals used on her sculptures?
The Finish of Metals:
The very same metal may be finished in different ways within the same sculpture. Metals can be finished to a high luster, or ability to reflect light. They also may be wirebrushed, acid etched, or textured in other ways, and then sprayed with a clear acrylic spray or lacquer. Finally, metals may be oxidized (painted) and then sprayed with the acrylic or waxed with Butcher's Wax to inhibit further oxidation. Of course, the metal may not resemble its natural, or base, at all; it may be air-brushed or hand painted.

The Care of Finished Metals:

How to Care for Nonferrous Metals:
Nonferrous Metals are those elements and their alloys which do not contain iron. The nonferrous metals that I usually work with are copper, brass, bronze, tin, and aluminum. They may be highly buffed, in which case the appropriate metal polish may be used to remove fingerprints and/or the ravages of age (tarnish). I use Noxon or Neverdull for copper, brass and nickle-silver. If nonferrous metals are used in a sculpture and sprayed with an acrylic or lacquer, wipe with a soft damp cloth to clean. Over a period of years, the spray may begin to wear off. In this case, respray the sculpture according to the directions on the can. To clean a waxed piece, dust it with a soft damp cloth. Then, use a dry cloth to bring a dull luster back to the sculpture.

How to Care for Ferrous Metals:
Steel is a ferrous metal (contains iron). Steel may be treated in much the same way as a nonferrous metal; sprayed, waxed, or oiled to prevent further oxidation. The same care instructions then apply to both steel and the nonferrous metals. My steel sculptures are often rust-proofed and painted. A scratch to the surface of the sculpture, or perhaps an air bubble in the paint, may open the door for the elements (moisture in the air) to create a spot. Rust is a deterioration of steel and is a progressive action, unless it is inhibited by a dash of household or motor oil, or the sprays mentioned above. To clean painted items, use a slightly dampened rag. To remove wax from Menorahs, try to remove as much wax as possible without damaging the surface; unscrew the candlecups and dip in hot water. Rub any remaining wax into the Menorah as a protective coating. For further protection, especially for pieces outdoors, use Rustoleum Clear, once a year. Follow the directions on the can. ALWAYS test a small, unobtrusive area vefore spraying entire object. Another optioon is to use clear coat from an Auto Body Shop.

How to Care for Plated Metals:
For fingerprints and general purpose cleaning, use Windex or Alcohol.

How to Care for Powder Coated Steel:
Powder coating is an electromagnetic finish of plastic, which is very durable and protects the sculptures from ultra-violet rays. These sculptures may be cleaned with soap and water, or may be surface cleaned with furniture polish (Pledge).

To remove wax on Menorahs:

Try to remove as much wax as possible without damaging the surface of the Menorah. Unscrew the candlecups and dip in hot water to remove wax. Rub any miscellaneous wax into Menorah as a protective covering.

For Outdoor Use:
Once a year, use Rustoleum Clear. Follow directions on can. ALWAYS test small, unobtrusive area before spraying entire object.
Another option is to use a clear coat from an Auto Body Shop.


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