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Fill in Missing Broken Ceramic With Actual Fired Pottery

Broken Ceramic Repair Lessons
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Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson
Cementing only lesson
Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Restore vase lesson
Cementing, filling, coloring and glazing broken antique plate
Restore plate lesson including coloring
kintsugi - mending broken pottery with gold
Kintsugi - mending with gold
How to repair crack in ceramic
How to fix ceramic crack
Cybis Arion Boy on Dolphin - Repair Broken and Missing Finger
Miniature repair w/ missing finger
Repairing broken stone sculptures and statues
Repairing broken stone sculpture
How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Making missing part w/ fired clay
Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp
Plaster lamp repair w/ missing parts
Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain
Repairing Broken Moroccan tagin
Repair Moroccan Tagin

This tutorial / illustration was put together as an example showing how Lakeside Pottery generally fills in missing pieces using clay and fired ceramic. Terra Cotta and softer ceramic missing pieces are fired to cone 06 (1828 degree F) and porcelain, stoneware and harder clays are fired to cone 6 (2230 degree F). This method and process is the most complete and reliable way to brings a broken ceramic item with missing pieces closest to it's original states. It is also more difficult to detect the repair visually, with black light or sonar material loop detector.

In this example, this antique bowl broke to several pieces but the base of the bowl was chattered to tiny little pieces and powder, thus, requiring large sections to be filled in. To see more repair examples of a chipped bowl, chipped mug, chipped plate, chipped vase, chipped urn or a chipped jag, see our restoration examples page.

broken pottery
Broken antique pottery bowl

Missing ceramic pieces at bowl's foot
Missing pieces at bowl's foot
Cement pieces and fill cracks
Cement pieces and fill cracks
Smooth test surfaces (black / UV light)
Smooth test surfaces (black / UV light)
prepare surface for clay impression
Missing pieces at the base of the bowl

Take impression with clay
Use clay and mold over missing parts
Let clay dry over night
Let it dry in place
Once dried, take off
Once dried, take off
Back side of filler clay piece
Dried clay back view

fire in a kiln
Fire in kiln
all fired and ready to be cemented with two parts clear epoxy
Fired missing pieces replacement
Verify fit
Verify fit
Segment filler to a few pieces if fit has shifted in the firing
For better fit, segmenting is an option

Apply epoxy
Cementing with 2-part epoxy where to get edhesive
Place on bowl
Place on bowl
Sand paper for a tighter fit
All cemented and cured
Ready for epoxy filler
Sand for tighter fit

Epoxy gap filler mixed and applied
Fill in gaps where to get filler
Bowl is ready for color restoration
Ready for coloring How to paint repaired ceramic
Cover repair line with original clay color
Color clay base color over repairs
Color repair lines with glaze base color
Color white base color over repairs

Touch up painting's details and apply cold glaze
Color details and apply "cold glaze"
Finished bowl restoration side view
Finished restoration - side view
Finished bowl  restoration - bottom view
Finished restoration - bottom view

IMPORTANT: Ceramic restoration materials are not food safe, liquid or heat proof (over 190 degree F) and repaired items should not be used on cooking or food serving ware more...

Your input is greatly appreciated and will help in creating improved pottery tips.

Thank you, Patty and Morty

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