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Hiding Repair Lines When Repairing Broken Ceramic or Pottery Seamlessly



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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

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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 repair

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

How to Achieve a Seamless Invisible Repair?

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. Ti hide the break lines and the fillers, we start with airbrushing matching colors to the background that hide colors or painted details in the break lines' immediate areas and some detailed are erased. These details need to be painted over the background color, thus, the more details the vessel has, the longer the effort.

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.


Case 1: Hiding Repair Lines With Simple Glaze


Surface with repair line ready for painting


Clay color airbrushed over repair line


Turquoise elements painted with airbrush


Green elements painted with airbrush

Repair line invisible
Gray elements painted with airbrush

Seamlesss repair
Repaired areas after matte glaze - ready!



Case 2: Hiding Break Lines With Painted Glaze Details


Broken ceramic lamp


11 broken segments


Repair lines visible after cementing


Repair are missing more details after insuring smooth and continuous surface


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


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


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


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


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


Lamp complete


Lamp complete - ready for assembly


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