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Hiding Repair Lines Restoring Ceramic, Pottery or China - Seamless Invisible Repair






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
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
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Making missing part w/ fired clay
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

Hiding Repair Lines Looks Much Worse Before it Looks Seamless and Invisible

Many customers believe that if the broken item has a "clean break" and that there are no missing pieces, the repair lines will not be visible with just cementing the broken pieces together. In fact, once the pieces are cemented, the repair lines will be wider because the adhesive takes some space increasing the gap and therefore the repair lines will appear darker. Additionally, as the cemented areas are worked on with a filler, grinding, sanding, and polishing to create a perfect and continuous surface, colors or painted details in the break lines' immediate areas are damaged and some detailed are erased.

The key for proper repair is illustrated below in two examples.

A) Break lines do not go through too much surface decoration details and

B) Break lines go through intricate painted details.

As you will learn from the second example below, the amount of details we have to restore and the involved process required for a good repair will have direct impact on repair duration and, therefore, cost.

Repair Example - Complete Process Including Painting and Glazing



Hiding repair lines on a surface without detailed design - painting time: 1.5 hours


1)
Surface with repair line ready for painting


2)
Clay color airbrushed over repair line


3)
Turquoise elements painted with airbrush


4)
Green elements painted with airbrush

Repair line invisible
5)
Gray elements painted with airbrush

Seamlesss repair
6)
Repaired areas after matte glaze - ready!


Hiding repair lines on a surface with detailed design - painting time: 7 hours


1)
Broken ceramic lamp


2)
More pieces .. 11 all together


3)
Repair lines visible after cementing


4)
Repair are missing more details after insuring smooth and continuous surface


5)
Clean surfaces, protect undamaged paintings with latex and air brush clay color to hide worked areas. Cure at 160 degrees.


6)
Airbrush background colors and shades of colors (4-6 layers). Cure at 160 degrees.


7)
Remove protective latex - pull at 90 degrees angle to insure fresh paint does not pull


8)
Air brush glaze with slight texture to insure proper bond of the next hand painting step. Cure at 160 degrees for 36 hours.


9)
Hand paint all missing details including gold. Cure at 160 degrees and apply cold glaze with the proper matching sheen


10)
Lamp complete - ready for assembly. Side A


11)
Lamp complete - ready for assembly. Side B


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

Thank you, Patty and Morty

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