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Help needed: How to fix a small figurine (not porcelain) Answered

Does anyone know how to repair small figurines. Not porcelain, but maybe gypsum, another one i think is limestone. I have a small dragon, but its head broke off, and then another dragon that broke in 2 places. any suggestions on where i can find some guidance on how to repair it? thanks Attached are 2 pictures of the breaks

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jtobako

10 years ago

Resin casts are a little greasy, so the cyanoacrylics don't stick for long. You could try wiping with acetone, or use epoxy. If the material is chalky (some type of plaster cast) you may have to stabilize it first by soaking some glue into the material-epoxy thins with acetone, you can get thin cyanoacrylic glue. Let it soak in, leave it to set, wipe with acetone and then glue together. Zap-a-gap can be improvised if you sprinkle baking soda on wet cyanoacrylic or let the glue soak into it. You probably will have to do some cleanup around the glue joint, but wait for it to set up fully first. Pin drills can be improvised by sharpening the end of a steel/iron wire with a flat arrowhead type point. They are slow, need to be pulled out offen and wiped off, but they work in an emergency. A fancy version can be made by lightly hammering the end flat before sharpening.

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Lithium Rain

10 years ago

crazy glue GEL from the $ store.

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ebaskin

10 years ago

I do have all or almost all missing pieces. i have tried crazy glue gel, it fell off after a while. i have a sense that I will need to clear off crazy glue somehow, then try other things. this is only on green dragon. the other one i never tried to repair. I also think that maybe i should drill in with a very small bit and then put some thing thin like very small toothpick to hold it together before i glue. but since i have never done this before, I am looking for advice. I will try the hobby shop see if they can help. I will definitely try Zap-a-gap. thanks. I think you are right about the green dragon I think it is made from plastic resin. We got it from a game shop in Brussels. the other dragon is from Mexico and i think it is a local stone, I think limestone. But I am only guessing. thank you for your help.

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Patrikebaskin

Reply 10 years ago

Yes - pinning the break would be a good idea. You can get something called a "pin vice". Essentially, it's just a tiny hand-powered drill, made to hold tiny drill bits. Often used for jewelry and miniature building. They're cheap and give better control than, say, a dremel. You should be able to find one at a hobby shop, jewelry supply store, or even at your local roleplaying store. The traditional material for the pin itself is just a paperclip: easy to find, plenty strong, yet easy to shape and cut.

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SunbanksGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

It's irritating with vanilla fragrance. That's weird.

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GoodhartSunbanks

Reply 10 years ago

Vanilla ? I wouldn't like that so much either...but I haven't ever come across that one.

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SunbanksGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Well if you go here and scroll down to section 3.1 It says "Emergency Overview" and then it says: Appearance Colorless gel
Odor Irritating with vanilla fragrance
CAUTION!
COMBUSTIBLE
May become unstable at high temperatures or may react with water.
May be harmful if inhaled. May cause irritation of nose, throat and
lungs.
Can bond skin. Causes skin irritation.
Causes eye irritation.

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GoodhartSunbanks

Reply 10 years ago

Well, the only really irritating thing I have found while using Crazy glue is how fast it bonds skin.....that can be a real mess :-)

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GoodhartGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Causes eye irritation.

Yeah, I wouldn't put it in my eye, for sure LOL

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SunbanksGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Imagine if you mistook the Crazy Glue for eyedrops...Ouch

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GoodhartSunbanks

Reply 10 years ago

double ouch....the irritation of it going in, and the pain of trying to open sealed eyes. *shiver*

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GoodhartSunbanks

Reply 10 years ago

This is one reason why I use the no drip / no clog, pressure release type glue bottles (they have a little stem in the middle of the nozzle that must be pressed against something for anything to come out).

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SunbanksGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Imagine using that as eye drops. *cringes*

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ledzep567Sunbanks

Reply 10 years ago

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im not the only one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (who thinks its smells like vanilla)

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KentsOkay

10 years ago

It looks like plastic resin, try epoxy. Also swing by a hobby shop and see if they have anything for resin models.

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Patrik

10 years ago

First things first - Do you have the missing pieces? If not, we will have to turn to a whole other set of answers...

In any case, don't use hot glue. It's great for quick-and-dirty craft gluing in places where nobody needs to see it anyway. But for this type of repair, you need something which is strong, precise and almost invisible.

A gel-type super glue is probably best, as Goodhart suggested. One of the brands most often suggested by miniature builders -especially if you don't have a perfect fit, such as might happen when there's a sliver of material missing at the break - is Zap-A-Gap.

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Goodhart

10 years ago

traditionally Krazy glue is for non-porous surfaces only, but the gel type generally works well if you don't use too much and follow the directions explicitly.

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Sunbanks

10 years ago

I don't know what the best way would be but I would probably use hot glue. You would have to be very careful that you didn't use too much.