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Ceramic & Sculpture Repair Lessons
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Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson
Cementing only lesson

Fixing chipped Italian platter lesson step-by-step lesson
Chipped pottery repair lesson

Complete ceramic repair lesson | cementing, filling, painting and glazing
Complete ceramic repair lesson

How to Sculpt and Add Missing Pottery Segment
How to Sculpt and Add Missing Pottery Segment

Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Restore vase lesson

How to Replace Stoneware Crock's rim using the potter's wheelHow to replace Stoneware crock's rim

kintsugi - mending broken pottery with golden jointery
Kintsugi - mending with gold

How to repair crack in ceramic
How to fix ceramic crack

Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl
Restore bowl lesson w/ missing pieces

Restoring ancient pottery steps
Restoring ancient pottery steps

Lladro figurine - Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces - Lladro

How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair

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 stone sculptures and statues
Repairing broken stone sculpture

Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Bronze sculpture repair

Restoring large stone sculpture / statue
Restoring stone sculpture / statue

Plaster figure / statue reapir
Plaster figure / statue repair

Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp
Plaster lamp repair w/ missing parts

Heavily damaged ceramic figurine repair
Heavily damaged ceramic figurine repair

Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain

How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china
Removing stains

How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china
Removing old glue

Marble srone statue

This tutorial is an example of how Lakeside Pottery Studio repairs and restores indoor stone / marble sculptures with heavy load bearing and narrow cross-section breakage needing greater reinforcement.


In this example, the marble sculpture broke by the very narrow ankles with about 60 lbs of load-bearing. Cementing-only would not have been sufficient and insertion of metal rods was required to ensure proper mechanical integrity.


broken stone sculpture
Marble statue with broken ankles

Materials and tools needed
Materials used

Where to get materials

Drilling a hole in the marble statue
Use masonry drill bit to drill a hole in the center of one side (A) of each leg

Drill sizes
Dimensions of rod and drill bits - Side B is wider

Clean stone dust with hair gun
Clean the drilled holes with air gun

Cutting the metal rod to size
Cut rod to size - 5" in this case

Grind off sharp edges
Grid off sharp edges

Verify fit before cementing rod
Verify fit before cementing rod to side A

Use two-part epoxy (PC-Clear). In this example we use 4-5 minutes epoxy with about 2 minute workable time
Use two-part epoxy (PC-Clear). In this example we use 4-5 minutes epoxy with about 2 minute workable time. Mix well

Where to get materials

Fill 2/3 of drilled cavity with the mixed epoxy
Fill 2/3 of drilled cavity with the mixed epoxy

Insert rod and turn a few times to ensure that epoxy touches all surfaces
Insert rod and turn a few times to ensure that epoxy touches all surfaces

Quickly wipe off excess epoxy with a rag and 91% alcohol
Quickly wipe off excess epoxy with a rag and 91% alcohol

Mirror the rod orientation on the stone exterior wall to be used as a guide to drill side B correctly
Mirror the rod orientation on the stone exterior wall to be used as a guide to drill side B correctly

Use pencil to mark the rods location
Use pencil to mark the rods location




See This Lesson in a Video Format





Drilling accurately on both sides of the broken pieces for proper alignment is tricky. There are more than one way to achieve accuracy and below is the option we chose for this project.
Insert soft clay in side A drilled hole
Insert soft clay in side A drilled hole


Flatten the clay as shown
Flatten the clay as shown

Use acrylic paint to generously mark the clays center
Use acrylic paint to generously mark the clays center

Carefully place side B in place
Carefully place side B in place

Verify that the acrylic paint transferred from side A to side B
Verify that the acrylic paint transferred from side A to side B

Before removing, continue the previously marked line to side B in the same projection
Before removing, continue the previously marked line to side B in the same projection



Side B hole should be wider than side A for easier fit
Drill a hole using the marked line as a guide
Drill a hole using the marked line as a guide

Start with a narrower masonry drill bit (3/16") for better control and accuracy
Start with a narrower masonry drill bit (3/16") for better control and accuracy

Drill with the next size (1/4")
Drill with the next size (1/4")

Finish with a size larger than side A drilled hole (5/16")
Finish with a size larger than side A drilled hole (5/16")

After cleaning the drilled holes, verify fitting accuracy
After cleaning the drilled holes, verify fitting accuracy

Use touch to sense continuity at the points of contact
Use touch to sense continuity at the points of contact


The shown epoxy has about two minutes workable time.
Use slow cure epoxy if uncomfortable with 2 minutes
Ready for cementing
Ready for cementing

Apply epoxy to rods
Apply epoxy to rods

Fill 2/3 of drilled hole with the mix epoxy
Fill 2/3 of drilled hole with the mix epoxy

Apply epoxy to all surface carefully of side A and side B
Apply epoxy to all surface carefully of side A and side B

Place the statue two part together
Place the statue two part together


 Remove epoxy after the epoxy is set. It will be harder to remove if excess epoxy is removed when it is totally cured
Do not wipe excess epoxy off to avoid smearing. Remove epoxy after the epoxy is set. It will be harder to remove if excess epoxy is removed when it is totally cured

Mix filler epoxy (PC-11)
Mix filler epoxy (PC-11)

Where to get materials


Apply filler to joint cracks
Apply filler to joint cracks

Wait for epoxy filler to cure (24 hours in a room temperature of 70 or warmer)
Wait for epoxy filler to cure (24 hours in a room temperature of 70 or warmer)


Sand filler starting with 220 grit sandpaper, continue with 400 grit and finish with 2400 grit
Sand filler starting with 220 grit sandpaper, continue with 400 grit and finish with 2400 grit


Project is completed
Project Complete



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