Happy March, y’all!
Now that we’ve arrived into the green month, we can look forward to things beginning to green up. Spring!
Warmer days…a little (or much) gardening prep, which means weed-pulling in The Land of Making Do. How about you?
We take the good with the bad, and that’s sort of my point today.
I was given a broken vase by a friend who owns a decorator shop. It was on its way to the trash, and she asked if I wanted it. Of course! Also, Painter Artist Mom (PAM) had given me my grandmother’s antique bisque punch bowl – also broken.
While the weather was (and is) cold, wet, and sometimes icy, I worked on these pieces.
You saw the Chevron vase in my Chevron (Finished!) Tablescape last week (and punch bowl in the background). This is what the vase looked like when I brought it home.
I researched the types of glue available for glass and ceramic repair. For the Chevron vase, which is ceramic, E6000 was the answer.
You need to let each piece set before gluing the next piece. I let mine sit overnight.
Wipe the bead of glue seeping out until it no longer weeps. A clamp of some sort would help snug it up a little more. (I relied solely on gravity.)
Acetone (nail polish remover) works well for wiping the excess glue off. You definitely want to remove any extra glue before it dries. After sitting untouched overnight, it’s good to go.
Speaking of getting dried glue off, my grandmother’s punch bowl had been glued together years ago. The bowl was broken before I was born, and it was my grandmother’s favorite thing. I can see why!
Isn’t this chalky-white bowl scrumptious?
I had my work cut out for me with this one. See the yellowed glue stuck on there?
It didn’t come off with acetone, Goo Gone, or anything I trusted to not damage the finish. I tried some scraping with a knife, too. Before using any product, it’s good to test an area on the under side.
I read on line to soak the pieces in warm, soapy water overnight, so I did that. Of course, the water didn’t stay warm, but it did help soften the glue a teeny bit. The glue scraped off after spraying it with Goo Gone and rubbing it into the dried glue.
If you scrape carefully with a razor blade, short pieces will come loose. First and foremost, concentrate on the broken edges – to remove the old glue so the new glue will bond well.
After an hour of scraping the flat areas, I went into the grooves around the grape clusters. Stuck tighter than glue!
Sometimes, you just have to say, “Good enough”. The outside was good to go, but the inside still had some yellow spots. No problem, since I plan to keep it filled with something. No, not punch. It will never hold liquids again…sigh.
After using Super Glue non-yellowing epoxy for glass, that was a fail. After further reading, it works on clear glass, not opaque.
This glass bond I found at Hob Lob worked well. Non-yellowing, according to the package.
A stuffed box works great for holding the broken pieces while you glue. Snug it inside and make sure it doesn’t wiggle around. Angle it so the glued piece rests on top without falling over.
Use gravity to your advantage.
It needs to set overnight between gluing each piece.
Patience is key. In a day or two (or three), it’s all glued together with a secure bond.
See how the glue is still showing on the inside?
Now, the antique bisque bowl is back on its stand (unbroken, thankfully) and filled with something pretty.
Isn’t she a beauty?
If my grandmother can see this from Heaven, I know she’s smiling.
Do you have something broken that needs repair? Now may be the time to tackle that project – before we have to get outside and start managing those weeds! 🙂
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