According to Handy, most people believe that repairing porcelain is not an easy feat and you need to hire the services of a skilled craftsman to do the job. However, you can learn to repair the chips, breaks, and cracks in your delicate porcelain objects with the right knowledge and by using the correct materials.
Tips & Tricks
Here are a few tips you can follow to repair damaged porcelain objects:
- Get the necessary materials – Before you get started with the repair process, you need to gather the necessary materials. The most important thing to get is the correct adhesive if you want to fix a porcelain object that comes into contact with hot food or liquid or is placed in a microwave, oven, or even dishwasher frequently.
Generally, it is recommended that you utilize a gap-filling adhesive, a touch-up glaze, and a porcelain filter to fix chipped porcelain objects. And you can utilize a strong gel adhesive that dries quickly to fix the broken pieces of a porcelain object. Fast-drying adhesive works great at fixing breaks of odd shapes, sets quickly, and forms a bond that lasts a long time.
- How to repair broken porcelain – First, ensure you wear gloves, protective eyewear, and protective clothing to prevent or reduce the risk of glue getting on your skin. Next, you need to gather a few paper towels and epoxy glue since they can bond with porcelain.
Next, you need to make sure that the broken pieces are free of any contaminants such as any dirt or debris before you start applying the glue. This would ensure that the glue sets and bonds with the broken pieces properly.
After cleaning the surface of the broken pieces, we recommend you pre-fit the broken pieces to test whether they fit properly or not. Then you just need to apply the adhesive following the product instructions listed on the label. Typically, you only need to apply a tiny amount on one of the surfaces of the broken pieces that you intend to attach.
Next, ensure that you hold the pieces together for a period until they dry properly. Ensure that you don’t cause any movement since it can disrupt the setting process and prevent a proper attachment.
Finally, once the glue has dried sufficiently, you can use a sharp knife to scrape off the excess adhesive from the surface of the porcelain object. Afterward, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with hand soap to make sure they are clean.
Handy suggests you don’t give up if you don’t succeed at repairing a porcelain object in the first attempt. Repairing anything takes a lot of patience, the correct tools and equipment, materials, and adequate skill. So, keep on practicing and before you know it you can become an expert at repairing porcelain objects. However, you should not shy away from hiring the services of a professional if you need to repair an expensive piece of porcelain artwork and don’t want to cause further damage during the repair process.