Introduction

China is delicate and will often break due to daily use and careless handling. This guide will show you how to effectively mend plain, slightly broken china using a clear epoxy filler.

Tip: You can add any pigment to the epoxy, making the cracks less visible and the repair more subtle.

Image 1/1: Do this to eliminate any grease and dirt.
  • Wipe all broken edges with rubbing alcohol using a paper towel.

    • Do this to eliminate any grease and dirt.

    • Be aware that rubbing alcohol is highly flammable.

    • Be aware of sharp edges throughout this repair.

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Image 1/1: We used the plastic wrapping of the razor, but any container works.
  • Pour epoxy into a smooth-surfaced container.

  • We used the plastic wrapping of the razor, but any container works.

  • Don't use epoxy in a small, confined space.

  • Do not get epoxy near eyes or on skin. Consider using polyethylene or polypropylene gloves.

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Image 1/1: The fluid sets in 5 minutes, so you must quickly apply it to the china. You can mix more if the first pour hardens.
  • Mix epoxy fluids with a toothpick.

  • The fluid sets in 5 minutes, so you must quickly apply it to the china. You can mix more if the first pour hardens.

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  • Apply the epoxy along the edges of the base piece of china and first chipped piece of china using the toothpick.

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Image 1/3: Adjust as needed. Image 2/3: Don't worry about excess epoxy at this point. It will be removed after setting. Image 3/3: Don't worry about excess epoxy at this point. It will be removed after setting.
  • Attach the first detached piece to the base carefully by hand.

  • Adjust as needed.

  • Don't worry about excess epoxy at this point. It will be removed after setting.

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Image 1/2: Use a tweezer to attach smaller fragments. Image 2/2: Use a tweezer to attach smaller fragments.
  • Apply epoxy on the next detached piece and the already mended piece

  • Use a tweezer to attach smaller fragments.

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Image 1/2: Adjust as needed Image 2/2: Repeat the process of applying epoxy and attaching the chips until all broken pieces are successfully in place.
  • Attach the piece to the china.

  • Adjust as needed

  • Repeat the process of applying epoxy and attaching the chips until all broken pieces are successfully in place.

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Image 1/1: This step is performed to put the right gravitational weight on the attachments so the pieces don't become unaligned during the setting of the epoxy.
  • Place mended china in a container of stabilizing sand or gravel.

  • This step is performed to put the right gravitational weight on the attachments so the pieces don't become unaligned during the setting of the epoxy.

  • Leave to set for at least 1 hour.

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Image 1/2: Exhibit caution when using the razors; they are very sharp! Image 2/2: Exhibit caution when using the razors; they are very sharp!
  • Shave off as much excess epoxy as possible using the razor.

  • Exhibit caution when using the razors; they are very sharp!

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  • Use coarse sandpaper to further reduce the excess epoxy.

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  • Use fine sandpaper to smooth out remaining inconsistencies.

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  • Darker cracks form where the clear epoxy functions as filler, but the cup will work perfectly fine! Add colored pigment to the epoxy for a more subtle repair.

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Mikkeline Thomsen

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