Broken China Plates, Porcelain, and Glass - Mending Techniques Using Adhesives
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Broken China Plates, Porcelain, and Glass - Mending Techniques Using Adhesives

An exact fit is essential in mending china, porcelain, and glass. A clear epoxy glue is essential. Many types of adhesives can be used. Plasticine is also a great mending techniques for broken china, porcelain and glass , it is a malleable, plastic substance.

Because an exact fit is essential in mending glass, porcelain, and china, you need time to adjust the pieces precisely before the glue sets. Instantaneous adhesives are therefore not recommended - they set too quickly. A clear epoxy is generally effective. It is waterproof, provides a strong bond, and has good gap-filling properties.

Before gluing, thoroughly clean and dry the broken surfaces. Assemble the pieces dry and note how they fit. Then, apply a light coat of glue along one edge of the break with a matchstick or small spatula. 

Join the pieces. Wipe off the excess glue with a cotton swab dipped in the appropriate solvent. The less glue used the better; a thin film will usually do. Remember that glue itself takes up space. If you mend an item shattered into many pieces, thick glue joints will deform the restored piece.

Next, clamp and support the glued piece. As you put clamping pressure on the piece and adjust its alignment, you may force more glue out of joints. Again, wipe away any excess, using a solvent.

It is probable that more glue will ooze from cracks as the piece sets. All glues pass through a stage where they are strong enough to hold the piece together, though not completely hardened. This stage will vary depending on the setting and curing time of the glue you use. During this stage the glue is still soft enough to be removed with a solvent, and you should make a final removal of excess glue before it completely cures.

When mending objects with many breaks, glue the pieces one or two at a time. Study the pieces and put them together dry to determine the most sensible order of assembly, then glue them in this order.

Devising supports often requires ingenuity. Plasticine is helpful; a malleable, plastic substance, it holds any shape you give it. Molds and masking tape are also useful.

You can easily fashion a homemade mold, using either wax or plaster. Molds are helpful in reassembling many small pieces; they hold them in place while the glue dries.

Plate Supports

  • Drive nails in a circle slightly larger than radius of plate. Stretch rubber bands over plate to create clamping pressure.
  • Anchor the larger piece of the plate in a basin filled with dirt or sand. Use clothes pins to clamp the pieces.
  • You can use a drawer to hold the plate immobile if you buffer the points of contact with lumps of Plasticine.

Improvised Mending Technique Supports.

  • A glued cup handle can be held firmly in position by vertical and horizontal strips of masking tape encircling the cup.
  • A cup can be supported by lumps of Plasticine, with the force of gravity supplying the clamping pressure.
  • Ingenuity at work: Three sand-filled cans anchor sticks; Plasticine on ends of sticks support a glass with a broken stem.

Wax Mold Mending Technique Support.

  1. Molds are ideal for plates. Heat paraffin until it softens, then pack it around bottom on unbroken side of plate.
  2. Let the mold set, then shift it around to the broken side; slip it carefully under the plate, and align it.
  3. Fit the broken pieces into the mold. If there are many, first glue only a few. Let them set, then glue the additional pieces.

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