Introduction: How to Fix Broken China, Pottery or Porcelain

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It happens to the best: One wrong move and grandmom's valuable china is not so valuable anymore.

Sifting through tons of instructables I found many useful methods and adopted them to this special case:

  • Using bees wax to hold the fragments in place
  • Using two-component adhesive to glue the parts together
  • Mixing baking powder with adhesive to fill missing spots
  • Using a heat gun to remove the wax.

Materials used:

  1. Bees wax (or any other wax)
  2. Heat gun
  3. Two-component adhesive (or any other glue, that's strong enough)
  4. Baking powder

Step 1: Glue and Hold the Pieces Together

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  1. Make sure, all pieces are clean.
  2. Take a piece of wax, warm it up a little bit (by hand or with the heat gun) to make it shapeable
  3. Apply the glue with a tooth pick in a thin film
  4. Mount the first broken piece. Make sure, the broke edges fit together as good a possible.
  5. Press the bees wax onto the mounted piece so it stays in place while the adhesive is hardening. If necessary add additional wax to form a stable structure

Step 2: Continue With the Second Piece

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  1. Again form a soft wax ball. Stick it on the second broken piece.
  2. Add adhesive on the edge. It is easier to handle, if you add the adhesive on the piece in your hand than on the teapot
  3. Press the piece in place until it perfectly fits and stays where it should stay.

Step 3: Tip for Small Pieces

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Especially the last pieces need to be placed very precisely. Use the wax to handle small broken pieces helps a lot!

Step 4: Filling Up Holes

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To fill in for missing pieces simple add baking soda to the adhesive

  1. Add small amounts of baking soda to the adhesive while stirring it until it becomes a thick paste
  2. Add paste to the hole in the china until it is closed.
  3. After a few seconds you should be able to form and smooth the surface with your fingers. If it is still too sticky, sprinkle a little bit of baking powder on it.

Step 5: Remove the Wax

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Give the adhesive enough time to harden (mine took six hours).

Then use the head gun to melt the wax and remove it from the pottery

Little extra:

Prepare a mould with a wick to cast a candle from the melted wax.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Tea

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Thanks a lot "lakesidepottery" for the idea with the stabilizing clay structure (I used wax instead): https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-repair-brok...

Great idea mixing glue with baking soda "Engineer of None": https://www.instructables.com/id/Baking-Soda-Reinfo...

Comments

WestleyTwain (author)2016-04-23

so is this food safe and can stand heat? like can I use this method to repair a dish I use frequently in the oven?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-03-08

Great fix! I was wondering how you would get the wax out, such an easy solution :)

lackne (author)Penolopy Bulnick2016-03-09

Thanks a lot :-)
To remove the wax, the heat gun is great. But if you don't have one you can also put the teepot upside down in the oven at a temperature above 100 degree celsius for a couple of minutes. But don't forget to place it on an old plate or something you would mind getting messy :-)

ERsearch (author)2016-03-07

Thank you so much for this detailed info using wax and baking soda to help with glue repair process! I have struggled for years doing a lousy job with such repairs. Your info and explain are terrific!

lackne (author)ERsearch2016-03-07

You are very welcome. I'm happy to help ☺

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-03-05

Nice repair job.

Thanks a lot. Great to hear

seleniebeanie67 (author)2016-03-05

I'm going to try that right now! (I broke a teapot handle)

lackne (author)seleniebeanie672016-03-06

Great to hear. Let us know how it worked.

A quick tip: I just realized today, that the filling I used turned yellow. I think it did because I haven't washed my hands after working with the bees wax. So maybe wash your hands before touching the filling.

achileus (author)2016-03-05

Fyi it's not from china it's from czech republic it's meissen porcelan

lackne made it! (author)achileus2016-03-06

Haha, so funny. That's exactly what my wife said: "Our porcelain is NOT from China. It is a German quality product!"

She wants to let you know that our porcelain is not Meissen, it is Hutschenreuther. It is produced in Selb, Germany - around 200km from Meissen. :-)

I used the term "china" because I was of the opinion that it means "porcelain", but I might be wrong.

I hope you enjoyed the instructable anyway

ThomasK19 (author)achileus2016-03-06

Maybe the original. But this one has "Made in China" printed on the bottom xD

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