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Repairing Ceramics

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Ceramics can be chipped or otherwise broken, rather than throwing it away perhaps it can be repaired. This is a guide about repairing ceramics.


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January 18, 2012

I had this Micky Mouse centerpiece (made in China) that was packed in with our Christmas decorations. The paint was peeling off. The under glaze was white and it took some work to remove the cracking and peeling paint. I wanted to repaint it but oil and acrylic paint wouldn't work.

Avon had some new fingernail polish in all the colors I needed except the black, which my Avon lady found and bought (no charge, what a friend) for me at Walgreens. I don't know how long it will hold up packed for a year, but it looks great right now. And it wasn't hard to cover the old paint that didn't flake off. Looks just as good or better than when it was new. If I do say so myself. ;-)

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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June 21, 2011

I am partial to angel figurines and have actually found some nice ones in the dollar store, but they were a bit too colorful for me (pink cheeks and so on). So following an idea I had first seen in a Urban Outfitters display, I have sprayed them white, or as I did recently, use off-white craft paint to paint in the colored parts of the figurine so it would be all off-white. Now it goes better with some of my more expensive pieces.


It's best to use this idea with figurines with defined and modeled features, not ones where the paint is used to create form, as those will just appear lumpy when painted!

By Pamphila from Los Angeles, CA

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March 30, 2012

My ceramic bunny has had his ear chopped off! Seriously, does anyone out there have any solutions to repairing ceramic items? Is there such a thing a a ceramic glue?

By JoycieK

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March 30, 20120 found this helpful

You can easily glue the piece back on the figurine using ordinary household cement. (Don't use white glue for this).

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

Yes! Clean breaks can be repaired. The tip about not using white glue is spot on. A glue that dries clear is key. My daughter has a wizard statue, with sentimental value, which her cat knocked off the dresser and broke. I glued the pieces back together. To prevent a future mishap I decided to fill the hollow wizard after repair with plaster of paris. It is now quite heavy and not likely to be tipped over and broke again. Good luck with your repair. Before (Broken) and After (Repaired ) photos attached.

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

Here's the "after" repair photo.

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

My husband's collectible Harley figurine broke in 4 pieces. I used super glue and managed to lightly prop something against or under each piece after as I glued it back on. Takes some problem solving, but I'm sure you can find a solution for the prop such as piling little things to the right height.

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

Super Glue is always a good idea. But Super Glue GEL works better. It is not runny and will stay where you want it to be and will fill in any little spaces. You can prop your project while it dries with crumpled aluminum foil.

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September 14, 2010

My favorite big porcelain ceramic pasta dish cracked in two places when I accidentally hit it as I washed it in the sink. Can I fix this without glue? Thank you.

By flower51

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

If you have a pan large enough, boil the dish in milk. This is how they repaired porcelian for hundreds of years.

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

Yes! Boil it in whole milk for around 45 minutes. I learned this on Thriftyfun a few years ago - if you look there is another post. I tried it and to my amazement it works!

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June 7, 20110 found this helpful

How do you repair ceramic tile without having to remove the whole tile? I would like to have the repaired spot look the same color.

By M. Morris

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June 9, 20110 found this helpful

I have often done this, but I do a lot of crafts and have all the supplies on hand. It could be more difficult if you had to buy all the supplies (and buy a matching colour without having a sample to take with you). I fill the crack or chip with air-hardening clay (slightly over-filling as it does shrink a bit as it dries. When it is dry, I sand the filling level with the surface of the tile, then mix a colour to match with my acrylic artists paints. After painting (usually 2 coats, depending on the coverage), I apply a matching varnish (gloss or low sheen according to the finish on the tile).

In place of air-drying clay, you could also use another filler, whatever you have on hand.

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January 16, 20140 found this helpful

I have a 74 year old figurine and over the years it has been losing its paint. The base looks like hard white chalk. How do I remove the rest of the chipping paint?

By Betty L. from Redding, CA

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January 14, 20140 found this helpful

I have broken ceramic Minnie Mouse; the leg is blown out. I am missing .25 inch. There is only wire holding her foot on. I need know what to use to replace the missing ceramic, of course I know can touch up with nail polish and such. I just need to know what clay or substance would be good to make a new leg?

By Mar

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October 30, 2010

I've got a ceramic dog I've been painting and repainting. Any suggestions on a way to get all the paint off. I've been sanding down old, loose paint, but I really want to take it all off this time.

By Pat from Coplay, PA

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