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How to Restore Bone China

Updated April 17, 2017

Using the right tools, it is possible to repair broken bone china without the help of a professional. But remember that Super Glue is not the answer! You should never attempt to fix broken bone china using glue. Hardened glue cannot be removed and makes seamless repair nearly impossible. If you're not confident you can fix your broken china, seek expert help.

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  1. Thoroughly clean and rinse the broken pieces with warm, soapy water.

  2. Let the pieces dry naturally and completely.

  3. Swab the broken edges of the china with a cotton swab soaked in acetone to make sure the sides are free of dirt and oil.

  4. Apply a thin, even line of epoxy along one edge of the broken china and join the two sides. Do not apply epoxy to both sides.

  5. Adjust the glued pieces to try and get the best fit.

  6. Wipe away excess epoxy leaking from the seams with another cotton swab soaked in acetone.

  7. Tape the glued pieces together using Sellotape to hold the china in place.

  8. After the epoxy has dried, carefully remove the tape.

  9. Tip

    If the china is very fragile, or if the broken pieces join together awkwardly, use tape on both sides after you glue the broken pieces.


    Be careful to avoid cutting yourself or breaking any more of the pieces when you're washing the broken china.

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Things You'll Need

  • Fast drying, water resistant epoxy
  • Acetone
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sellotape
  • Warm, soapy water

About the Author

Chrys Lin has been working professionally in journalism since 2003. Her work has appeared in publications in the United States and parts of Asia. She currently resides in Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism.

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