Asked on Oct 11, 2019

How do I repair a missing husk on glossy ceramic elephant?

GingerGkVimarhonor
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I collect elephants and one that was just to pretty to leave at the store is missing his husk. (horn) I tried making a paper Mache one but it has to be so tiny that it just looked wrong. Any thoughts?

5 answers
  • Cindy
    on Oct 11, 2019

    Hi Vicki. I'm Cindy. Warning. This is going to sound absolute CRAZY. Do you have a dog? If so, trim his nails and glue one on the elephant and paint it to match. Talk about "outside the box"

  • Flipturn
    on Oct 11, 2019

    Elephants have tusks.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Oct 11, 2019

    Hello. I have to share my favorite tip with you. Its for repair- rehab both in crafting, home improvement and rescue if thrift store items.


    —my go to miracle repair tip is the Oatey epoxy putty stick. I find it easier to work with than bondo and this more substantial 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.p


    It's a 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.


    Putty safely seals/waterproofs for plumbing boat repairs.... Ive used it for exterior entry door frame wood rot repair, elliptical pedal repair, multiple arts and crafts repair of damaged pottery- wood -ceramics, plug up holes in planters, repair cracks in planters or make a new lip on the pottery planter. Ive repaired holes in a utility garage sink ( thanks previous HO) repaired a break in the top rim border of an elliptical peddle, repaired damages in a concrete statue, fixed a split wood disk on a wind chime, its a great defect filler, those ornately detailed gold plaster frames and be repaired with this putty and wood filler.


    Its a product I might suggest you try for tusk replacement. It will be a gray repair but plastic friendly spray paint would correct that. You certainly can try to make the tasks and practice sessions before attaching it to your sculpture. Hope this helps.

  • Gk
    on Oct 16, 2019

    Fimo modeling clay is something you might try. It comes in small packages for about 3.00 and you can find it at your local craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. You warm it in your hands to soften it, and then pinch off the size you need and create what you need to create. Then it is baked in the oven for about 15 minutes to harden. You can use super glue to glue it to your elephant. Fimo does come in a white color as well as many other colors. I believe Amazon also sells it just not sure if you can buy individual packages there.

  • Ginger
    on Oct 18, 2019

    I would go with Fimo or Sculpey, both available at Michaels, very inexpensive and even

    cheaper with a 50% off coupon. Works a charm!

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