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Antique Chinese Terra-cotta Restoration | Han Dynasty and Tang Horse and Rider





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 paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair
How to repair crack in ceramic
How to fix ceramic crack
Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl
Restore bowl lesson w/ missing pieces
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
Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces

The Terra Cotta Chinese horse and rider statues below came to us for restoration from different customers. These statues are very old, fragile and made with very soft terra cotta fired clay. They were broken to several fragments and pieces were missing. Reinforcing the repaired areas with metal pins and pegs was important if the restoration is to last for generations. Recreating the diverse surface texture, sculpting the missing pieces from clay that was then fired, and duplicating the many color variations was complex and involved. Below are some examples of before and after repair and some pictures showing a few steps in the restoration process.

Broken antique chinese terracotta horse statues
Broken Terra Cotta horse 1
Broken antique chinese terracotta horse and rider statues
Broken Terra Cotta horse 2
Broken old chinese terracotta statue
Broken Terra Cotta horse 3
Broken old chinese terracotta statue - several picees
Broken Terra Cotta horse 4
Restored antique chinese terracotta horse and rider statues
Restored Terra Cotta horse 1
Restored chinese terracotta horse and rider statue
Restored Terra Cotta horse 2
Restored old chinese terracotta statue
Restored Terra Cotta horse 3
Repaired old chinese terracotta statue - horse and rider
Restored Terra Cotta horse 4
Missing pieces
Visible old repairs and missing parts
missing piece made out of clay
Missing piece made out of fired clay
missing pieces fired in kiln ready to be cemented
Sculpted pieces fired in kiln
missing parts mounted
Fired sculpted hands mounted
inserting brass pegs for proper mechnical integrity
Brass pins reinforcing broken legs
metal pins installed in all broken legs parts
All broken parts cemented / pegged
repair lines filled and smoothed
Repair lines filled and polished
mixing pegments to match antique look and surface texture
Recreating old pigments for "Antique" coloring
mixing paintes to match antique look
Mixing more colors coloring tutorial
Three horse and rider statues restored
Set of three horses completed


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