Hi Mark, There is a very small niche market for crowns (weddings,
historical groups, renaissance fairs, liturgical), and I think a few
of us are on this list. (I’m also a fan of Ellen’s work.)
If the customer insists on brass, I would agree that red brass with
a low 9K gold solder is the way to go.
Another suggestion would be using cold connections such as tiny pin
or tube rivets. If the crown will only be worn on the statue during
special occasions, I’d also suggest giving the entire piece a really
good coating with Renaissance Wax to protect the finish. And, store
it in anti-tarnish fabric along with some 3M anti-tarnish strips,
and pack it all inside an airtight container. I know it sounds like
overkill, but it’ll keep the bronze in better maintenance over the
Hope this helps.