The Best Way to Glue a Ceramic Pot Together

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The Best Way to Glue a Ceramic Pot Together
Fix your broken pot with ceramic adhesive. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

When your favourite ceramic pot has broken, it may seem like a hopeless project to glue it back together because most glues will not hold the pot sturdily enough for you to continue using it for planting, watering or storing other items. Luckily, ceramic epoxy can allow you to continue using your ceramic pot the same way you have been. You will need to piece the ceramic back together properly and apply the ceramic epoxy to fix your broken pot.

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Things you need

  • Leather work gloves
  • Mild dish soap
  • Scrub brush
  • Dry towel
  • Newspaper
  • Ceramic epoxy
  • Plastic paintbrush
  • Bucket
  • Dry rice

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  1. 1

    Wash the pieces of the pot with mild dish soap, wearing leather work gloves. The leather will help to protect your hands from the sharp edges of the broken pot. Use a scrub brush to scrub away any soil that was in the pot when it broke.

  2. 2

    Place the washed pieces of the pot onto a dry towel to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Place all of the broken pieces of the pot onto a layer of newspaper, wearing the leather work gloves.

  4. 4

    Set the base of the pot flat onto the newspaper and apply ceramic epoxy to the broken edges with a plastic paintbrush.

  5. 5

    Press the pieces that fit along the broken edges onto the glue-covered edges and hold each one for about 30 seconds to allow the epoxy to cure enough to temporarily hold the piece in place.

  6. 6

    Continue building the pot back together, gluing one piece at a time, with the epoxy.

  7. 7

    Place the pot into the bottom of a dry bucket and pour dry rice around it and inside of it to create pressure on both sides of the walls around the pot. Leave it in place for 24 hours to allow the epoxy to fully cure before using your pot.

Tips and warnings

  • Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling epoxy fumes.

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