China Pottery Repair - Porcelain Pottery Repair

Warning: If the item is of great sentimental or financial value Don't Attempt a China Pottery Repair Yourself as the results can often be disappointing and sometimes even damage the piece further.

Instead contact a professional for repairs. For help finding a professional and shipping your valuable china or porcelain piece, see our other pottery repair page.

If after reading the above warning, you decide to take on the china pottery repair or porcelain repair yourself – Read on...

Supplies To Repair Chipped or Cracked China

  • Non-toxic Milliput putty
  • Disposable cup
  • Epoxy Glue
  • Masking Tape
  • Acrylic paint for touch-up
  • Clear glaze
  • Glue stick or match stick
  • Paint brush
  • Knife or X-Acto
  • Oven mitts
  • Cutting board
  • Toothpicks
  • Paint powder (recommended for china and found at home supply or Art Supply stores)
  • 220 grit sandpaper

Chip - China Pottery Repair

  1. Roll equal quantities of Non toxic milliput, which comes in a kit with two tubes, into a ball until the two colors have fused. You can buy milliput, a type of modeling putty, at art supply stores. note: Some miliput filler is toxic. Be sure to choose the non-toxic milliput formula.
  2. Apply the milliput to the chip with a toothpick, and then return the chip to its original position.
  3. If needed, place masking tape taut across the china pottery repair area to hold in place.
  4. Allow the chip to set for 6 hours, then remove any masking tape.
  5. Sand gently with fine (220-grit) sandpaper until the milliput is flush with the surface. Take care not to damage the china's glaze or decoration.
  6. Touch up with acrylic paint as needed.
  7. Brush on a clear glaze, available at art supply stores, if you wish to achieve a glossy finish.

Crack - China Pottery Repair

  1. Place cracked piece of china in an oven at very low temperatures (150-200 degrees F.)
  2. Mix epoxy glue (which comes in a kit with two tubes) in the tray that comes with the epoxy glue or in a disposable cup.
  3. Dip a glue stick, matchstick or toothpick into paint powder that matches the china color. Mix until the color looks right.
  4. Take the cracked item out of the oven using oven mitts, then place on a plastic or wood cutting board. The heat of the oven will cause the crack to widen ever so slightly.
  5. Fill the crack with the tinted glue mixture, using the small stick. Let dry overnight. The crack will condense as the china cools.
  6. Chip away hardened glue with a razor blade or an X-Acto knife.

Porcelain Repair Supplies:

  • Porcelain enamel kit
  • Rice or beans
  • Popsicle stick
  • Disposable cup
  • Small brush or eye shadow applicator
  • Toothpick or cotton swab
  • Epoxy glue
  • Large basin or box
  • Hair dryer or tack clothe

Porcelain Chip Repairs

  1. Apply epoxy glue to the back of the chipped piece using a toothpick or cotton swab
  2. Place the piece in its original position taking care to line up the broken edges
  3. Hold the piece in place for 60 seconds

Porcelain Crack Repairs

  1. Apply porcelain enamel over the cracked area with a small brush, a toothpick or an eye-shadow applicator (minus the sponge) until the crack is filled. You can buy porcelain enamel kits at art supply stores.
  2. Smooth the surface with a popsicle stick
  3. Allow to dry for 24 hours
  4. Apply several coats of enamel as one coat will leave an uneven finish.

Porcelain Multi Piece Breaks

  1. Apply the epoxy glue to one edge of a broken piece, and hold to its matching edge of the other piece for 60 seconds.
  2. Perform the same as step one on the other broken pieces.
  3. Gently place repaired piece in container of dried rice or beans, which will support the various curvatures of the item.
  4. If more than two or three breaks require repair, only repair 1 or 2 pieces at a time allowing 24 hours cure time before attempting to repair additional pieces.

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