How do I repair this?


This is a limited series rustic moose/bear stoneware utensil holder. I really don't want to toss it out so hoping someone can help with some ideas on how to repair it. For those of you reading this, learn from my lesson - if you have a stoneware utensil holder you want to keep around, place a thick rubber pad inside the container so when you accidently drop heavy tipped utensils into the container, it won't break it. Thanks!

q how do i repair this

The top and bottom of the container.

q how do i repair this

I numbered each broken piece so that I know where each one fits together.

q how do i repair this

Yep.  The entire bottom of the container broke off.

  7 answers
  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Feb 13, 2019

    First, you need to find a lid or a band to fit around the bottom. (band clamp would work), then use a porcelean glue to glue the small pieces together. Remove the clamp or lid and let cure for 72 hours. Once cured, you can glue it onlto the sides. Let cure for 72 hours. Then I would shellac the outside, letting dry upside down over a pole.

    • Lilly Lilly on Feb 13, 2019

      Great idea! Looks like I need to make a trip to the hardware store to pick up the glue and a clamp. I'm going to give this a try to see how it goes. Thanks so much for the info.

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Feb 13, 2019

    See above.

  • Roseann8628 Roseann8628 on Feb 13, 2019

    So sorry your special piece was damaged. Fortunately, the break doesn't look like it will show. How about picking up a piece of cushioned felt to first attach to the bottom (like the circles with sticky on one side you place under items so they don't scratch your furniture, only this comes in a solid piece). Cut felt piece to fit inside of bottom and attach, then glue your ceramic bottom together and glue that to the bottom of jar. This way you will have a little cushion when utensils hit the bottom from now on. Good luck! :)

    • Lilly Lilly on Feb 13, 2019

      Thank you for your idea! I'm not so concerned whether the breaks show or not, just that I can put it back together. I like the sticky back felt idea and possibly after I glue it together I will place the felt on the bottom of the container. That will keep the bottom from scratching the countertop plus help keep the pieces secured together. Thanks again!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Feb 13, 2019

    I have done a lot of porcelain repairs -figurines -tea pots- planters- pottery and cups, I think it will glue together fine. Gorilla brand superglue actually has a nice applicator tip I might suggest using that. After the repair you may want to put a piece of foam ( they have thick fun foam that I love to use a a liner) or sponge on the inside bottom so there’s no traumatic re-injury.

    Your brakes look very clean if there is any missing pottery I would suggest filling defects using eproxy stick it’s one of my favorite repair tools to have on hand. This go-to miracle repair tip is the Oatey epoxy putty stick. I find it easier to work with than bondo and this clay like putty can be sculpted and fill defects. It does harden in a few minutes and will dry a gray color can be sanded or drilled and will needing painting unless its final gray color works for your repair.

    This two-part epoxy sticky-found at big box hardware stores in the plumbing department near the pvc purple glue. In a clear plastic red capped tube. I get mine at Lowes $6. Home Depots its version and JB Weld is another but more $ and smaller. Other smaller 2 part epoxy sticks options can also be found in the boat marine and wood repair shopping sections.

    You mix -press -then you can use scrape off excess (I use depleted gift card) and/or sand and paint. Cured putty is strong enough to drill through.

    I hope this helps!

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Feb 14, 2019

      Glad the repair is going well for you.

      The epoxy stick will be a valuable asset —if not this time— at another.

      When the putty is mixed —there are a few minutes if working time. As it starts to get warm, the window is closing. You might want to play with a small piece before restoring your treasure. I like to use a depleted gift card to both cut a slice off the stick and smooth a packed edge in a trowel fashion.

      I have rescued so many thrift store treasures and repaired family and friends ceramics and pottery. If needed —an emory file does smaller edge sanding of the epoxy putty nicely. The putty paints nicely.

      I was rehabing wood rot on a handmade wooden bird whirligig just today, I did prime the gray putty to get the deep red color of the cardinal bird restored.

      Best wishes, kindest regards Karen

  • William William on Feb 13, 2019

    I use gel super glue for ceramics and porcelain because they are porous. Liquid super glue for non porous surfaces. I only use Locktite.

  • Deb Polson Deb Polson on Feb 14, 2019

    I would take piece of vinyl - like you would use with a cricket or silhouette cutting machine or contact paper - place the pieces on the adhesive side (exterior to the adhesive). When you have everything in place, use some E6000 glue to fill in the cracker. The use some tape or elastic to pull the pieces together and hold them into place until the glue dries.

  • Lilly Lilly on Feb 22, 2019

    To everyone who helped me repair my limited series stoneware utensil holder, I want to shout out a huge THANK YOU for your ideas, suggestions and recommendations. Here is several pictures of how it looks now that it is repaired. I used glass glue, sticky back felt, Oatey Fix It Stick and spray shellac. I did place 1/4 inch rubber into the inside bottom of the holder so hopefully it won't get broken again.

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