Small chips and cracks can be restored and renovated in order to save your crystal and porcelain items. By following these simple methods, you will learn how to fix the fragmented parts of the crystal and porcelain and to evenly cover with a sealing compound in order for the cracks not be noticeable.
Repairs and Restoration: Crystal and Porcelain
Vigilant assembly and clamping are the key to repairing the objects. With the right tools and materials, you can repair most of your crystal and porcelain.
8 Tools and Materials for repairing and restoring:
- Small mixing dish and stick
- Masking tape
- Any flat object to fill with sand (dish, plate, tray etc.)
- Clothes peg
- Modeling clay
- Clear glue (special for porcelain and glass)
- Toothpicks and cotton swabs
- Nail polish remover
Any type of adhesive shouldn’t be used for repairing the items because they don’t dry completely and are not waterproof. In addition, some glues that are not for fixing your crystal and porcelain peel off after several months and make the piece collapse. Purchasing clear glue such as epoxy glue is strong rock-hard enough that is made up of both resin and hardener that keeps your refurbished objects sealed and secure for a lifetime.
Fastening Process: Crystal and Porcelain
Before applying the glue, a brace, band, or clasp should be applied for strengthening and holding the object together. This procedure must be prepared in order to help grip the object together as the glue is applied to achieve a secure set.
Apply sand to your chosen flat based object (plate, dish or tray), so that the mend is held by gravity and then lock the pieces with the clothes peg. If more support is needed wrap strips of masking tape around the parts of your item by keeping the pressure on the tape even so that the restoration part does not slip.
Modeling clay as well is an outstanding clamping material. By molding knobs of clay helps support your broken porcelain and crystal article. The glued parts of your piece will be held in place by their own weight as it is drying.
Adhesive application: Crystal and Porcelain
To patch the damaged object, clean the pieces thoroughly and let them dry fully. In a small mixing dish, mix the glue for your reassembly process by stirring together equal parts of resin and hardener adhesives.
With a toothpick, smear a thin coat of glue to the underdone ends of the broken piece carefully join it to the main piece by placing gentle pressure but firmly together.
Remove additional un wanted glue with a cotton swab dampened with nail polish remover. If the piece is cracked use the adhesive as a plaster by filling the claps.
Filling: Crystal and Porcelain
Fillers are used to replace slits, cracks and losses from crystal and porcelain resources. Resin mixture is like a mastic material developed that can be used to compensate losses in objects that are translucent materials that later on can be painted. Any balm based adhesive is a better substitute to wax based glues because wax collects dust and dirt and make the fill visible. The glues that are resin and hardeners are fast and easy to use and are quick drying components that help you later tint your piece. Now repairing and restoring your crystal and porcelain couldn’t be easier that can be done from your household.