How to Care for Your Tiki Statue
One of the most quintessential ingredients that instantly add island spice to any tropical décor is a Tiki statue. Tikis, hand carved from coco palm trees, were shaped in reflection of the deities they represented. There are many varieties of Tikis to promote everything from love, luck to fortune or even offer protection to surrounding areas.
These Polynesian historical art pieces have a magical way of inspiring their surroundings with charm.
Whether you keep your Tiki Statue indoors or outdoors here are some tips on how to enhance and ensure a long life of enchantment from your statue.
Because Tikis are carved from an organic material, despite their durability they are still susceptible to environmental weathering. Constant moisture or intense heat exposure can affect the color or shape of the material. If you live in wet climates, or plan on placing your Tiki statue in the garden, try placing it on top of a stepping stone or on concrete instead of grass, this will limit the amount of contact it has with direct moisture from the sprinklers or collected water from the rain.
Water sealants such as “CWF” also work well in preserving your Tiki’s color, and it also gives the wood a darker finish.
For hotter climates, certain finishing or mineral oils can help your Tiki from drying out or fading too much in color.
Since each Tiki you purchase is hand crafted, each statue is unique and details may vary. You can customize your Tiki by embellishing on the colors with paint or even adding shadows of texture. To darken and refine areas of your Tiki, use a propane torch to flame desired areas of your Tiki. Remember to work in increments, so slowly get the look you want. Holding the flame too long on one area can set fire to your Tiki, or create an irreversible darkening.
You can use a thick wood paint, to paint the eyes, tongue or accessories of your statue to make details stand out.
Protecting and caring for your Tiki will help preserve its color and details but remember that the transitions over time enhance the Tiki’s character and help to show the history its had with your home.