Repair a chipped vase

Repair a chipped vase

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Porcelain, stoneware or earthenware are fragile materials and cracks quickly arrived! "New generation" adhesives allow you to repair them in a lasting and - almost - invisible way.

Assess the damage

Examine the damaged object: the vases and containers with rounded shapes break by making few pieces, as for the porcelain, it practically does not burst. Gather all the pieces carefully and proceed with the restoration. Obviously, do this kind of repair only on relatively recent items of little value. For old earthenware and porcelain, it is better to use the services of professional restaurateurs.

The step by step

Reconstruction of a broken object

1 Wear thin gloves, such as surgical gloves, to avoid injuring yourself with a shine and brush the different pieces with a nylon brush slightly dampened with acetone to degrease the surfaces. 2 If the part is broken into several pieces, assemble them dry and locate them, on the inside, by a marking with felt. 3 Use a two-component epoxy adhesive and work at a minimum temperature of 20 ° C. In a small container, mix just the necessary amount of the two components of the glue, stir with a match until the mixture is "runny".

4 After identifying the pieces, apply the glue in small quantities using a piece of wood or a match on all the slices of each piece. When it comes to earthenware or porous terracotta, put a larger layer of glue. 5 Assemble the different pieces, always starting with the smallest, and secure them with adhesive. Indeed, the setting of the glue will be final only after 3 to 6 hours of drying and it is not necessary that the pieces can move during this time. 6 As soon as the grip is assured, clean any glue streaks with a lint-free cloth, lightly dampened with 90 ° alcohol or acetone. 7 If, after drying, there is a droplet or a trace, remove it using a razor blade which you will tilt sharply while going up towards the top of the object.

In case of a crack

If the piece has only a crack, fine like a hair, it will disappear if you immerse the vase for several days in bleach extended to 10% water. Then dry the object on a radiator at 40-45 ° C. For larger cracks, prepare epoxy glue and insert it directly into the crack using a syringe. Clean the rest of the glue before it dries.

For the gaps

Despite all the precautions, you may not have picked up all the pieces… Fill with epoxy glue to which you will add a little talc to obtain a kind of putty putty. Let dry well before polishing with a very fine sandpaper, then, once the object is repaired, catch up with the colors thanks to special ceramic paints.

The pro's advice

For quirky-shaped objects, put fine sand in a large bowl, cover with a sheet of absorbent paper and place the piece on it while the glue sets. The fluid sand will keep the different pieces in place by matching their shape. Know-how - home decor © La maison rustique - éditions Flammarion, 2006 Our practical videos floral arrangements