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How to: Fixing Broken Ceramic With Missing Pieces

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Ceramic & Sculpture Repair Lessons
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Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson
Cementing only lesson

Fixing chipped Italian platter lesson step-by-step lesson
Chipped pottery repair lesson

Complete ceramic repair lesson | cementing, filling, painting and glazing
Complete ceramic repair lesson

Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Restore vase lesson

How to Replace Stoneware Crock's rim using the potter's wheelHow to replace Stoneware crock's rim

kintsugi - mending broken pottery with golden jointery
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

Restoring ancient pottery steps
Restoring ancient pottery steps

Lladro figurine - Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces - Lladro

How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair

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

Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Bronze sculpture repair

Restoring large stone sculpture / statue
Restoring stone sculpture / statue

Plaster figure / statue reapir
Plaster figure / statue reapir

Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp
Plaster lamp repair w/ missing parts

Heavily damaged ceramic figurine repair
Heavily damaged ceramic figurine repair

Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain

How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china
Removing stains

How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china
Removing old glue

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...

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