How do I fix or save my birds?

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Please help. My birds are falling apart. How do I take care of them and save them from falling apart. Please see pictures. Thanks.

q how do i fix or save my birds
q how do i fix or save my birds
q how do i fix or save my birds
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  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jun 10, 2020

    I had the same issue with my bunnies. I ignored the problem... it did not get any worse!!

  • Jambo Jambo on Jun 10, 2020

    Hope so. Thanks.

  • Gk Gk on Jun 10, 2020

    What are these birds made from? Perhaps there is a glue that can hold them together or you can cover them with a resin that will prevent more damage.

  • Jambo Jambo on Jun 10, 2020

    I'm afraid I don't know, maybe concrete. I purchased from Kroger few years back.

  • Judy Judy on Jun 10, 2020

    Have you tried gorilla

    glue?

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 10, 2020

    Hi Jambo, they look like cement or pottery, I would try to fill the cracks with glue, and you can then stain them a solid color to cover the cracks. I also attached a link that may give you some guidance. Hope it helps,

    Over the years I’ve found other materials that work and a replacement for one product that’s no longer on the market. Read about the new products in brackets below.]

    • White PVA glue (such as Elmer’s Glue-All)
    • Sculpey Polymer Clay [ Spackle paste easier to mold, doesn’t need baking, but not as durable. Good for filling small areas.]
    • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel paints [I swore by Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel paints for glazed ceramic repairs until Plaid stopped selling their Delta version. Now Plaid sells a version in their Folk Art line. DecoArt also makes similar paints. Read more.
    • Cushioned nail files
    Instructions

    Glue whatever pieces you can back together. Minimize visibility of cracks by spreading a thin layer of PVA on both surfaces and waiting a few minutes until they become tacky.

    Then carefully put the pieces together and hold until the glue sets.

    Be patient, because if you set the object down to dry too soon, slippage is almost inevitable.

    If any sections are missing, rebuild them with Sculpey clay. [I had to rebuild a section of the rim shown in the detail photo.]

    Use the Sculpey to fill any chips as well. Then cure in your oven following label directions. Let cool. Then use cushioned nail files to smooth and level any rough spots.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 10, 2020

    I would use Loctite Power Grab and painter's tape to glue in place and hold until set. Once dry, you could seal them.

  • William William on Jun 10, 2020

    Gel super glue. Any brand will work. I like to use Locktite supr glue

  • Dee Dee on Jun 10, 2020

    I used gorilla glue on an outside statue and it has held up beautifully. It also fills in any missing or misaligned sport. After you fix the birds, you can spray paint them or paint with acrylic paints. I am doing that right now to spiffy up the garden. If you use acrylics be sure to top coat with Rustoleum high gloss spray paint.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 11, 2020

    Hi Jambo: Beautiful birds. I'd try E-6000 glue or, even contact cement. I love that stuff:) Put a thin coat on each of the pieces and let the glue get tacky and then put the pieces together and hold or tape together overnight. Then, you can paint them or, even paint the cracks black so that it looks like stained glass. If you are going to put them outside, I'd coat them with a clear lacquer. Good luck

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jun 12, 2020

    Try to fill the cracks with a clear super glue.

  • Janice Janice on Jun 12, 2020

    I agree with Betsy. E-600 in a tube works great if you learn how to work with it. As she said, apply it to all the edges wait about 5 minutes or so, so that the glue gets tacky and then place the pieces back toether to adhere. If you don't wait, then the glue doesn't hold well. I learned this through experience. Either hold the two pieces in place or clamp them together firmly if at all possibly. Let the bird set for several hours and you should have excellent results.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jun 30, 2020

    I would try super glue

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 12, 2021

    I would not use Gorilla glue because it expands more than the width of those cracks.

    Whatever glue you use, make sure it's rated for exterior UV use.

  • Jambo Jambo on Jan 31, 2021

    Happy new safe year! Never thought of that. Thank you for the info.

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