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#1 Magnoliapottery



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:09 PM

I cracked a large vase in the green ware stage and repaired it. It made it through the bisque firing only to crack during the glaze fire! This was a wedding gift for my son! I'm so disappointed! Has anyone had luck repairing a finished piece? If so, please help!
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#2 Benzine


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:12 PM

For something like that, I'd personally just make another.  Having such a defect would always be on my mind.


With that said, depending on the crack, you could potentially fill it with glaze.


It's hard to say without specifics. 

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:44 PM

I have run into much the same problem. I made a wedding gift for a friend, and due to a poor glaze finish, I am making another. I could give it to him, but I am not satisfied.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 11:44 PM

since it is a gift not only to your son but also his bride, i would suggest privately giving them the broken one with a note that you intend to make one for them in the color and size they choose.  that is,  if time is short and you do not have a chance to make a new one.

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:13 AM

A beautiful, handmade gift to the couple is a great idea, but there's really no way to repair something like this. Even if repaired, it will not have the "ring" of an uncracked piece and it will likely be structurally weaker.
Also, if they are going to display it in their home, you'll want it to be the best representation of your artistry that it can be.
It's better to make another piece, and you can say that you are making them a special gift that isn't quite ready yet. I am sure they'd rather have an uncracked gift late, than a repaired gift on time...

#6 Chris Campbell

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:20 AM

So sorry, but I have to agree with those who say no.
Don't just make one more however, make two ... Or three ..... And give them the best one.
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#7 Arnold Howard

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 02:20 PM

So sorry, but I have to agree with those who say no.
Don't just make one more however, make two ... Or three ..... And give them the best one.

I agree with the others--make a duplicate gift. However, there may be times when you want to repair a broken piece, such as a gift that you received. I have a small Mel Jacobson mug that arrived in the mail with a broken handle. I repaired it, and the seam in the handle is now barely visible. It is a display piece. Try using E6000 for repairs. Apply the glue to both halves of the part. Wait a moment, and then press the pieces together. Hold them with rubber bands until the glue dries.



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