How to repair ceramic pottery

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How to repair ceramic pottery

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t’s happened to everyone; you bump into an unstable side table or a soap-slippery dish falls out of your hands and one of your favorite ceramic pieces crashes to the floor and snaps in half. This may seem like a disaster, but don’t worry. With the right adhesive and a little patience, you can mend your broken ceramics. Just make sure the adhesive you use isn’t water soluble. After the repair is complete, you’ll probably have to hand wash the piece instead of using the dishwasher.


Step One

Wash the pieces with mild dish soap and warm water. This removes oil and dirt that may prevent your break from bonding again. Dry the pieces thoroughly with a soft cloth, paying close attention to the broken edges. Let the pieces dry overnight to make sure the porous edges are dry.


Step Two

Fill a plastic tub with dry beans or rice. This will support your piece after you've glued it back together.


Step Three

Squeeze out a dime-sized dollop of two-part clear epoxy. It will squeeze out in two parts; stir them together with a toothpick, mixing them thoroughly. Spread a thin layer of epoxy over one of the broken edges. Make sure the layer is even and free of blobs.


Step Four

Press the broken pieces together lightly. Avoid shifting or grinding the edges together. This may rub away small particles and ruin the seal between the pieces. Hold the pieces together for a full minute.


Step Five

Gently slide one edge of your glued piece down into the dried rice or beans. Do not cover the break with the dried material. Let the glue cure for 24 hours or for the time recommended on the package.


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