How to take apart glass dishes that have been glued together?


A friend gave me a 4'6" decorative outdoor piece. It is comprised of glass plates, cups, bowls, cake stands glued together. I want to take the dishes apart but don't know how to safely dismantle them.

  14 answers
  • Dee Dee on Oct 01, 2020

    Depends on the glue, If it is E6000 then you can put the piece in some very hot water or in the microwave with some water and soften the glue. If it is a contractors glue you will have to use acetone, the kind you get at HD or Lowes. not nail polish remover

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 01, 2020

    You can get a solvent that will basically dissolve the glue. Hopefully you can ask your friend the type of glue so that you can choose the correct solvent.

  • Acetone or naptha spirits are recommended for removing E6000 - a common glue used on plates, bowls, etc.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 01, 2020

    Hi! I usually try hot, soapy water first. Doesn't work? Try spraying the glue with WD40. It will usually soften the glue. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Oct 01, 2020

    Hi Arne, hope this helps you take your glued dishes apart. Dip a cotton swab or rag into acetone and rub the line of glue to dissolve the bond, or soak the glued glass pieces in acetone for 2 to 6 hours depending on the amount of glue present.

    How to Separate Two Pieces of Glued Glass | eHow › Crafts › Glasswork › Other Glass Crafts

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 01, 2020

    It does depend on the glue(s) used in the first place, here is a link of different methods to dissolve the glued ceramics:

  • Cindy Cindy on Oct 01, 2020

    Hi Arne. Knowing the type of glue that was used will determine the outcome. Could you possibly ask the person who gave it to you if they know what type of glue was used. In most cases something similar to E6000 is used on glass. If that's the case here, you could warm the glue with a hair drier or a soak in hot water. Good luck Arne. I hope you and yours are well.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 02, 2020


    If the friend made the item, ask what glue they used as that will help!

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Oct 02, 2020

    yeah, soak all day or a couple of days in a warm soapy water bath. I would do that first since it is easiest. Then if that doesn't work, I would get out the acetone. Yes, use straight acetone from the hardware store.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 02, 2020

    Do you know what type of glue was used to glue them together? I know that finger nail polish will break down super glue.

    Silicone glue will swell in a variety of organic solvents, most notably hexane, chloroform, dichloromethane and acetone. Of possible, immerse the silicone glue in the solvent for 24 hr. The swelling will cause the silicone glue to lose its mechanical and adhesive forces, thereby making it easier to pull apart the two glass plates.

    If you are talking about flat surfaces, you might take some guitar strings (steel wire) and use it as a saw.

    The residues can be clean by the help if razorblades and fine steel wool in combination with some silicon removing fluid.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Oct 02, 2020

    Rubbing alcohol will help with some, Goo Gone is another helpful tool

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 02, 2020

    Hi Arne: You can try using fingernail polish remover 'with' acetone. Turn the dishes upside down and soak the area with the polish remover. You can also try spraying them liberally with WD40. But, be sure to use in a well ventilated area.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 03, 2020

    Many types of finger nail polish remover no longer contain acetone.