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How to Glue Ceramics

Updated April 17, 2017

If the handle snapped off your favourite coffee mug or you knocked over your favourite terracotta vase, you may be able to put it back together. Strong, two-part epoxy glue can mend broken ceramics in a matter of hours. While drinking or eating out of a glued ceramic vessel is not recommended, you can often make ceramic pieces that are not used for serving food look almost as good as new. An inexpensive repair can save you from having to replace a beloved ceramic object.

Clean the broken pieces by scrubbing them with dish soap and a toothbrush. Allow the pieces to dry completely.

Mix the two-part epoxy according to the package directions. Use a wooden craft stick to spread the epoxy along one of the broken edges.

Press the broken pieces together and adjust them so that they align perfectly.

Tape the pieces together with masking tape for round or curved objects. For flat objects like plates, fold small pieces of plasticine clay around the edges of the break to hold them together.

Allow the epoxy to dry for 24 hours. Scrape off any excess with a razor blade.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Clear, slow-setting, two-part epoxy
  • Wooden craft stick
  • Masking tape or plasticine clay
  • Razor blade
  • Lacquer thinner
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