How to Repair Cracked Ceramic Decorative Bowls
If you have ceramic decorative bowls that have been broken you may want to fix it. Ceramic bowls can be beautiful are are often family heirlooms. Repairing a cracked ceramic bowl may take a lot of time and patience, depending on how cracked and broken it is. If you don't have the time, you may want to consider taking the pieces to a professional who would be able to put it back together, though this could be very costly.
Step 1: Collect All the Pieces
The first thing you need to do is find and collect all the pieces of your ceramic bowl. Organize them in a way where you will be able to determine how they will be reassembled. If you have both large and small pieces, you may want to keep them separate.
Step 2: Do a Trial Assembly
To the best of your ability, put the ceramic bowl back together without the aid of an adhesive. This will allow you to get a general idea of where you will need to place each peace, which may help you see errors before you glue them together. Place each piece in the general area where it will be placed.
Step 3: Mix the Epoxy Adhesive
After you have have done a trial assembly, mix the epoxy according to the manufacturer;s directions on the package. Note that epoxy will generally dry within a matter of minutes, so it is important to assemble as many pieces as you can quickly while still being careful to not make errors.
Step 3: Assemble the Bowl
Using a small brush or toothpicks, apply epoxy to one piece at a time as you begin placing your bowl back together. You should place the epoxy on each part that will stick together for a stringer hold. Once the pieces are connected, use a cloth to quickly wipe away any excess epoxy that may be left behind. Hold the piece together for 2 to 3 minutes to make sure that is sticks together.
Once you have finished one piece, work on the next in a pattern that will allow you to attach every piece.
If you are fixing minor cracks, you can insert the epoxy into the crack with a toothpick to fix it. You may still need to hold the piece in place for 2 to 3 minutes afterward.
Step 4: Tape Each Piece Together
As you work, you will need to tape the pieces together. This will hold each piece in place as it continues to dry. You should allow at least 12 to 24 hours for it to dry. You can check the manufacturer's instructions for your epoxy to see how long they recommend.
Once it has finished drying, you may remove the tape. It is important to be careful during this step so that you do not add any more damage to your bowl.
If you like, you can paint over the cracks to hide them a little better, by matching the paint as close as possible.