Frequently Asked Questions
Should I try to mend my broken china myself?
- Unless you have experience in china repair, it is better to have it professionally restored. A trained restorer will use conservation grade adhesives, best suited to the type of ceramic body. The wrong type of adhesive can turn yellow and unsightly over time, and could cause more damage to your china object, such as 'shadowing'.
Should I glue the pieces together?
- No! If you then want to have your treasured figurine, plate or any china item repaired, then taking off old adhesive will add to the price of your repair, as it is often a timely process to get off any old adhesive.
What is the best way to keep the broken pieces of china?
- Gather all the pieces of the broken item together, do not throw any bits away. Put them in tissue paper ( preferably acid free), or bubble wrap and put them in a suitable container.
What if I cant find all the broken bits?
- Lost pieces can usually be replicated, sometimes by moulding from another existing piece, or can be remodelled.
Can I use my plate after repair?
- Most restored china and porcelain plates are for ornament only after repair. The adhesives and retouch paints and glazes may be soluble in very hot water, and are not suitable for foodstuffs.