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Where and What Restoration Supplies to Get?

Broken Ceramic Repair Lessons
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Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson
Cementing only lesson
Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Restore vase lesson
Cementing, filling, coloring and glazing broken antique plate
Restore plate lesson including coloring
kintsugi - mending broken pottery with gold
Kintsugi - mending with gold
How to repair crack in ceramic
How to fix ceramic crack
Repairing broken stone sculptures and statues
Repairing broken stone sculpture
Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl
Restore bowl lesson w/ missing pieces
How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces
Cybis Arion Boy on Dolphin - Repair Broken and Missing Finger
Miniature repair w/ missing finger
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Making missing part w/ fired clay
Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp
Plaster lamp repair w/ missing parts
Repairing Broken Moroccan tagin
Repair Moroccan Tagin

We offer professional ceramic, porcelain, china and pottery repair and restoration services for individuals, collectors, antique shops and museums.

After years of working with restoration materials, we narrowed down the various options using ceramic repair materials for the Do It Yourself. We have used all the material list below which will enable you to be successful without being overwhelmed by the so many options out there. We purchase several of our materials from Restorer Supplies, Inc. Knowing that, the owner, Michael Blair, was a restorer for over 25 years and he is always searching for the best ceramic and china restoration material sources. His shipment schedule is prompt and he is always courteous answering questions one might have.

Important note: The materials listed below are a subset of what we use in our lab that do not require specialized equipment, instrumentation, safe set up and long training period. Therefore, in most cases, the outcome of your work may be suffcient for your needs but you should not expect perfect results.

Do it yourself - Reliable Materials and Purchase Sources

Ceramic and China Repair & Restoration Complete Kit:

This is a Do-It-Yourself Kit especially made for repairing broken ceramic, broken china, and broken porcelain items. These are Professional Quality products in a convenient and affordable size for minor to mid size repairs. Kit will fix up to 5 average size repairs.

China, sculpture and porcelain repair kit

IMPORTANT: Ceramic restoration materials are not food safe, liquid or heat proof (over 190 degree F) and repaired items should not be used on cooking or food serving ware more...

A. Cleaning, Old Cement Removal and Surface Preparation

Cleaning Old Glue: Goof Off removes stains, paint, oil, cements, glues and cold glazes. It does not remove all 2-part epoxies.

Glaze thinner anc acrylic cleaning

This thinner is specifically designed for ColdGlaze Pro 2, solvent based for cleaning acrylic paints, Ultimate Golds & Silver Sylmasta products.

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Surface cleaning: Acetone or Lacquer thinner do a good job cleaning surfaces before applying cements, coloring or cold glazing. Do not use alcohol for surface cleaning! It leave oily coat on surface. Can be purchased in any hardware store

B. Two-Parts Epoxies and Cements For Ceramic, Glass and Stone

More technical information about Loctite epoxy

Fast Cure Clear Epoxy TR25: Restorer Supplies or Loctite 3-5 minutes cure time strong bond. Smells a bit. With a sharp knife, cut off excess glue after the first hour but prior to 3 hours. Can be mixed with pigments to match ceramic color. Get thinner at 120 degree F. ($7)

Demo of it's strength: Video clip

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What glue to use for ceramic repair

Slower Cure Clear Epoxy: This is a standard rapid setting epoxy that is very popular in England. Araldite Rapid initially cures in 5-10 minutes, but gains in strength overnight. ($15)

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Clear Epoxy for China restoration

Higher strength, clarity and quality clear epoxy. UHU clear epoxy family are 2-component epoxy adhesives for heavy-duty applications. The bond strength can be increased by curing at a higher temperature. It will set with a very hard surface finish, with high resistance to impact, ageing and moisture. Cures in 2-6 hours ($14)

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Glass and Ceramic Repair: Optically Clear Epoxy. Araldite 2020 was specifically designed for glass bonding. It is suitable for clear castings and laminates. Araldite 2020 is a low- viscosity, two- component system which cures at room temperature. Cures in 2-6 hours.

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Glass Repair and Fine Cracks Filler: Optically clear epoxy. Used most often as an adhesive for bonding glass, cures clear and can be thinned with aromatic or ketone solvents thus enabling the application by air brush. Soluble in Methylene Dichloride. Hxtal can be tinted, and is often used that way for color matching the glass, ceramic or porcelain. Cures in 2-4 days. Expensive

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Stone & Marble Repair This Stone Repair Kit is light-years beyond its competition. This kit is for all granite & marble surfaces. Use it to repair chips & scratches. It is both, temperature and UV stable. Repairs from this kit will not crack-out. You can get up to 40 repairs per kit.
This kit contains pulverized stone dust, powdered pigments, pumice blocks, mixing cups & sticks and 2-Last Patch Gel w/ catalyst. Instructions included.

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C. Epoxy Fillers That Cures Extremely Hard

Magic Sculpt is a two-part epoxy putty specifically designed to meet the needs of modelers, crafters and sculptors alike. Magic Sculpt is one of the only epoxies that will smooth out with water. It can be sanded and drilled.

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Magic Smooth is similar to Magic Sculp; however it is much more lower in viscosity than a putty. Magic Smooth has a consistency of a thick honey, which allows you to fill-in curved areas without it flowing out of your working area. It spreads like a creamy peanut butter and is easier to work into cracks and smaller chipped areas where you may feel that the Magic Sculp is too dense for.

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Where to buy J-B Weld Epoxy

J-B Weld is two-part epoxy system that provides strong, lasting repairs to metal and multiple surfaces. It forms a permanent bond and can be shaped, tapped, filed, sanded and drilled after curing. J-B Weld sets in 20-25 minutes to a dark grey color. A full cure is reached in 15-24 hours. J-B Weld has a tensile strength of 3960 PSI and sets to a hard bond overnight. It can withstand temperatures up to 550ºF

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Where to buy PC-11 epoxy

White Slow Cure Epoxy Filler: PC-11 is off-white and slow cure time and sandable / drillable filler epoxy. Powder color pigments can be mixed in for closer color match to the repaired ceramic. Slow cure time set in 30-40 minutes and fully cures in 10-12 hours. See a step by step repair using PC-11.

Where to buy PC-7 epoxy filler - black

Dark Grey Slow Cure Epoxy Filler for maximum bonding power of tremendous strength. PC-7 formulation provides extended working time, set in 60 minutes and fully cured in 24 hours. PC 7 is sandable / drillable filler epoxy with great bonding power.

Where to purchase heat resist epoxy?

PC-Fahrenheit is a hand moldable putty epoxy designed for increased temperatures. Temperatures extremes of 350°F (176°C) to 500°F (260°C). PC- Fahrenheit sets in 8 minutes to a dark grey color. A full cure is reached in 60 minutes.

Where to find mold making supplies

Mold Making Materials

Rigid clear casting that is commonly used for lenses, encapsulations, and water reproductions.

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.Where to buy casting resin?

Casting Resin

two-part liquid urethane casting systems designed for use by sculptors. A wide a variety of fillers can be incorporated into this casting resins such as, metal powders, micas, pigments, non-water based dyes, marble dust, micro balloons, and solid glass spheres.

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Where to find water clear casting resin

Water Clear Casting Resin

Rigid clear casting that is commonly used for lenses, encapsulations, and water reproductions.

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D. Coloring Paints and Pigment

where to buy mineral based pigments?

Powder pigments: Mineral pigments may be mixed directly into epoxy resin prior to mixing with hardener.

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Where to purchase Matiss Acrylics

High Quality Acrylic Paints: Matisse Derivan Acrylics paints are high quality and can be used with the over coating and additives listed below..Where to Purchase

An all-purpose, premium quality acrylic paint Americana is water-based and non-toxic and has a matte finish that can be varnished to create various sheens. Highly pigmented. Excellent one coat coverage. Purchase at Mister Art

Cold gold and silver glazes

Metallic Silver and Gold Paints: Ultimate Gold & Silver have been developed by Sylmasta to fulfill a void for high quality gold's. These golds and silvers are compatible with other Sylmasta products. They can be mixed with the dry pigments as well as the solvent-based acrylics.

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Where to find Iridescence and Gold Leaf

Iridescence and Gold Leaf

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Where to purchase acrylic additives

Acrylic Additives: Liquitex Fluid Mediums are designed to be mixed with acrylic paints or be applied over for the right sheen, protection, durability and texture.

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E. Cold Glazes

Gold glaze / China Glaze

High End Cold Glaze - ColdGlaze (Advancement to Rustins) is a 2 Part Epoxy System. ColdGlaze system has been specially developed for the re-glazing of repairs on china, ceramics porcelains etc. It cures to a tough; almost glass hard finish, which has excellent clear characteristics.

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Smaller quantity kit

matting Agent Powder

Matting Agent S532 - This is a matting agent for ColdGlaze Pro 2 & ChinaGlaze. For a matte finish, simply mix Sylmasta Matting Agent S532 with the Coldglaze PRO 2 or ChinaGlaze to achieve desired finish.

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 Structural Flox resin filler. The mixture of cotton fiber and epoxy is referred to as "flox"

Cotton Flox: A structural resin filler. The mixture of cotton fiber and epoxy is referred to as "flox". The mixture is used in structural joints and in areas where a very hard, durable buildup is required. Where to Purchase

Where to buy One-part Urethane Cold Glaze for ceramic and china repair

One-part Urethane Cold Glaze: Water-clear, non-yellowing, durable one part cold glaze. Very good finish at a reasonable quality without dealing with "two-parts epoxy" mess. The rod finish industry worked for long and hard to create very tough finishes and are sold in small quantities at lower cost. Generally - not recommended.

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G. Misc. and Tools

Where to find sculpting diamond burrs

Diamond Carving Burrs: Quality Lapidary Products

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Where to buy Kutzall Tungdton sculpting burs

Kutzall Tungsten Sculpting Burrs:
These tools are fast-cutting and long lasting, designed to work easily and efficiently where other conventional tools fail

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Where to buy ProTouch Micro Paint Brush

ProTouch Micro Paint Brush:
Place or remove the smallest drops of paint with non-linting, non-absorbing fibers. Exact positioning even in the hardest to reach locations.

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Where to find sculpting diamond burrs

Dental Supplies and Tools

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Modeling clay used to hold broken pieces in place as the epoxy cement cures

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Micro-Mesh products enhance the performance, life and appearance of materials and products. These "cushioned", long lasting fine abrasives provide the ultimate finishes "sanding" results.

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Your input is greatly appreciated and will help in creating improved pottery tips.

Thank you, Patty and Morty

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