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Restoring Antique Ceramic Art

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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

We have received inquiries with regard to our repairing pottery basic lesson asking how to repair more complex broken pottery when some pieces are missing. This tutorial showing the use of fiber resin reenforcement technique, hiding the repair lines and restoring the antique aging look.

Pottery repair video tutorial

Some of the answered questions below are:
A) How to fill in missing pieces?
B) How to give the repaired item strength?
C) How to hide repair line?
D) How to restore color, luster and recreate the antique look?

To illustrate the process, below we show a recent restoration projects. Some steps such as "antiquing" and "recreating glaze look" are touched on briefly but more detailed knowledge is required. Before you get started, note that for an experienced person with all the proper tools and material, this repairs took 3-4 hours beginning to end (not counting "waiting to cure" time). So, make sure you budget your time and do not have to stop in the middle of some important time dependant tasks. To see the previous and more basic lesson, visit: Repairing Broken Pottery Lesson 1.

If you wish to use our Ceramic Repair and Restoration Services, please visit our Restoration Main Page

Broken Antique Vase Repair; Filling in For Missing Pieces & Coloring

Before starting, remove any old glue attempts, clean thoroughly and remove all loose particles. Before starting the repair, make sure parts are 100% dry! Cover working area with sheets of paper to avoid damage to your table with the various epoxies used in this tutorial. The two-part clear epoxy is a quick dry type and you have about three minutes to apply and adjust pieces. "Dry run" the order of cementing the pieces to determine to order of gluing them together. For step by step explanation of using the two parts clear epoxy, see Lesson 1

Broken antique vase
Broken pot as it was brought to our studio
Two parts clear epoxy
We chose quick cure two parts clear epoxy
Glue pieces - see 1st lesson
Attached small pices
Glued pieces - close up
Fiberglass reenforcement
Used a loose mesh fiberglass sheets
Cut to size to fit on glued areas
cut fiber to size

Fiberglass repair is required to provide the strength needed when the repaired object material is brittle or too many pieces are missing. The process is very similar to boat repair methodologies. When cutting the fiberglass sheet, be sure to cut pieces large enough to cover all the broken area plus an additional 1" on each side of the joints. Use a respirator mask when working with the fiberglass resin as recommended by the resin manufacturer and work in a room with good air ventilation. Don't bother cleaning the brush - use a low cost one and dispose when done.

Mix quick dry fiberglass resin
used fiberglass resin for wall reinforcment
Apply resin over glued area
applied first layerr over the cemented broken pieces
Fiberglass over 1st resin coat
laid the pre cut fiberglass pieces

The fiberglass resin is applyable only for about three minutes, once it starts to get "jelly like" do not apply anymore - it will not cure properly. Note that the fiberglass resin will generate heat as it cures. Once cured, it is very hard to work with (e.g.., sanding) and it is not paintable unless the surface is roughened.

Brush a 2nd resin coat
applied second coat of fiberglass resin
Repeat on second vase part
repeaded second coat on second broken section
Cured fiberglass repair
waitted for resin to harden

Once the resin is cured, repeat the two-part clear epoxy process above to connect the larger parts. Note that each broken pot has it's own puzzle attributes and the steps shown here will probably be different for each situation. When the two-part epoxy is settled (about 20 minutes later), use a sharp knife to scrape the glue that squeezed out to the surface. If you wait too long, and the epoxy is completely hardened, scraping the extra cured cement will become a more difficult task.

Glue two vase parts with epoxy
Attached the two sections of broken pot
Vase all glued together
waited for it to cure
Scrape all excess epoxy glue
cleared extra cement
Use 2-part epoxy filler to fill cracks and missing parts. Use gloves and a respirator mask when applying and sanding. The epoxy filler will be ready for sanding within 20 minutes. When sanding, graduate to a very fine sandpaper to insure no sanding marks are visible. The best way to verify surface smoothness is by gently running the tips of your fingers over the worked areas. Clean all surfaces thoroughly with a damp cloth.

Mix epoxy filler (quick dry)
mixed two parts epoxy filler
Apply to cracks and fill gaps remove and sanded filler Use fine sandpaper
fine sanding of filler and pot
Vase all sanded
all sanded and ready for color
Color w/ proper additives
colors and color additives
Apply color: Painting lesson
applied color
Wait until surfaces are completely dry and wait at least 10 hours before applying color. Mix colors and additives until satisfied with color match and luster. Wait until applied color (s) are completely dry before starting the "antiquing" process.

Use antiquing tools / techniques
entiquing tools
Antiquing process

untiquing process
Finished restoration

vase all finished and restored

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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