Small chips and cracks can appear on crystal and porcelain items, tarnishing their appearance. Fine cracks can be due to wear and tear, or an accidental hit to a piece. However, the good news is they can be restored and renovated at home.
Fine crystal and porcelain pieces are very valuable and need to be well cared for
By following these simple steps, you will be able to safely fix chipped or cracked parts of crystal and porcelain items, and seal them to withstand time.
Tools needed to repair crystal and porcelain
The process to repair crystal and porcelain items should be carried out very carefully. The most important part of the repair process is clamping the piece while repairing it. The piece needs to be securely fastened for the glue to mend two parts together.
Other tools you will need include:
- A small and shallow dish, to place glue in
- Clear glue that is especially made for porcelain and glass repairs. Ensure that the glue that you choose an epoxy glue, and not an adhesive one. The wrong type of glue can peel off over time and can damage the item. Epoxy holds the pieces together and is waterproof.
- A thin stick and toothpicks
- Nail polish remover
- Masking tape
- A clothes peg
- Modeling clay
How to fasten crystal and porcelain objects
The first step in repairing any crystal or porcelain object, is to fasten or clamp it. A rubber band or clothes peg can help keep the pieces of the item together before glue is applied.
The steps to repair cracks or breaks in crystal and porcelain
If you have fine cracks
Apply the glue with a fine stick or toothpick, directly in the cracks. Make sure you do not apply too much glue or it may ruin the façade of the piece. You can dry your piece in the sun only if the item is cracked, which allows the glue to dry faster and stronger.
Do not use any thick adhesives or a glue gun, to repair fragile pieces.
If the piece is broken
When the crystal or porcelain item is broken, you need to place the parts together first. Lie the pieces next to one another, to figure out how to glue them in the correct places. Then place a thin film of glue on the edges and start piecing them together. Ask for help during this process. Someone assisting you, to hold the pieces together, is always advisable.
If you need to polish items
Use very fine sandpaper to polish a crystal piece. However, it is recommended to have a professional handle this step for you, as you may ruin the piece if the process is not carried out correctly
Cracks can appear over time on porcelain objects