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Filling a Large Gap | Pottery, Ceramic or Sculpture

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Step-by-step process of filling a large gap or missing pieces on a pottery vessel or sculpture using the best commercially available materials. This product (PC-Super-Epoxy) works extremely well where missing volume is required to be filled up and strengthened without sagging or dripping used on horizontal or vertical surfaces.

This process can apply to damaged plate, vase, bowl, pitcher, figurine or any pottery, china or ceramic vessel.

What Will You Need - cementing and filling large gap - ceramic vessel

1. Two-part clear 5 minutes PC-Clear epoxy
2. Wooden stick, paper clip or a pin-tool

3. A container with pvc pebbles, rice or sand
. Razor blade
5. Denatured or 91% Alcohol
6. Paper pad to mix PC-Clear Epoxy on
7. Good light
Protective eyewear

Where to get PC-Supper Epoxy and PC-Clear Epoxy

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

What glue, filler and tools to use to fill missing piece on pottery, sculpture or figurine?

Cementing Ceramic Pieces Steps

Broken ceramic candle holder
Make sure the pieces are clean using alcohol. If the item has been fixed before clean off any old adhesive, or the new adhesive may not bond properly. Instruction to remove old adhesives.

two-part 5-minutes epoxy - pc clear
Place even amounts of 5-minutes clear epoxy on a paper or cardboard pad

Mix the two parts epoxy
Mix epoxy well with a pin tool, paper clip or a wooden stick.

Apply the epoxy to one side
Apply epoxy mix to one side using a pintool or a wooden stick

Applying the epoxy onto one side
Use only enough adhesive to cover the edge. Too little will leave gaps, resulting in a weak repair

Place broken piece apply pressure
Place broken piece over the epoxy. Important: You have only about 60-90 seconds from start of epoxy mixing to complete the broken piece's permanent placement before the epoxy becomes gummy and not workable

Let the epoxy cure before cleaning excess cured glue
Quickly join the pieces together while applying light pressure to squeeze extra epoxy out. You only have about 60–90 seconds from start of epoxy mixing to placement before the epoxy becomes gummy and unworkable. Do not wipe off the squeezed-off epoxy to avoid smearing.

Let the epoxy cure before cleaning excess cured glue
Verify that pieces can stay steady during the cure period (let it cure at 75 degrees F or warmer)

Bend blade for better access clearing unwanted cured epoxy
Bend blade for better access clearing unwanted cured epoxy. Warning - wear protective eyewear

Remove excess cured epoxy with a blade
Let the epoxy cure for 60 or more minutes before removing excess cured epoxy with a blade

Filling Large Gap or Missing Piece on Ceramic, Pottery or Sculpture

PC-SuperEpoxy Filler - instructions
Squeese PC-SuperEpoxy
Squeeze PC-Super Epoxy Filler on a disposable pad
PC-SuperEpoxy Filler ready for mixing
PC-Super Epoxy Filler ready for mixing - notice the two colors

Mix the PC-SuperEpoxy Filler until blue dissapears
Mix the PC-Super Epoxy Filler until blue disappears

Carfully apply the mixed PC-SuperEpoxy Filler to the deep cavity
Carefully apply the mixed PC-Super Epoxy Filler to the deep cavity

SuperEpoxy Filler
Missing piece area all filled up with Super Epoxy Filler

Pour 91% alcohol in a cup
Pour 91% alcohol in a cup

Deep finger in alcohol
Dip finger in alcohol

Using PC-11 Fine filler
Gently smooth top surface of PC-Super Epoxy Filler

 Wait for PC-SuperEpoxy Filler to cure
Wait several hours for PC-Super Epoxy Filler to cure

Pot repair completed using Kintsugi repair mending with gold
Pot repair is complete using the kintsugi method - see more about Kintsugi

If fine filler is required, us PC-11
If fine filler is required, see this tutorial using PC-11 Filler

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