How to Repair a Ceramic Figurine

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Ceramic figurines serve as lovely home accessories and keepsakes. They are often delicate and can be prone to breakage when kept in a living space, especially ones with children or pets. Super glue is the best adhesive for repairing a broken figurine. The process takes just a few hours from collecting the tools you need to the drying time for the repair.

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Things you need

  • Super glue
  • Soft cloths
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towel or cotton swabs
  • Nail polish remover

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  1. 1

    Gather the broken pieces of your figurine before starting the repair process, because super glue dries quickly.

  2. 2

    Sand both edges of the broken figurine lightly with sandpaper. Wipe them with a clean cloth to remove all dust.

  3. 3

    Coat one of the broken pieces of the figurine with super glue. Use the glue sparingly. A few drops of super glue are sufficient for small figurines. New super glue products offer dispensers with excellent precision control.

  4. 4

    Press the pieces of your ceramic figurine together and hold it in place for a few minutes.

  5. 5

    Apply masking tape across the glued portion of the figurine. The tape serves as a clamp. Let it set for at least three hours.

  6. 6

    Use a dry cloth to clean your hands or any surfaces of glue before it dries.

  7. 7

    Wipe any glue in excess on the ceramic figurine away with a paper towel or a cotton swab damped with nail polish remover.

Tips and warnings

  • Super glue is the most effective tool to repair your ceramic figurine, but while it dries clear, you will still see a hairline at the location of the break.

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