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As I was loading the kiln for a Bisque firing, several feet on the bottom of some vases fell off. Is there a simple way to re-attach the feet to my dried piece (stoneware, Cone 6 clay)? Somewhere I read to use Elmer's glue before bisque firing, would this work?

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Not likely. Dry to dry still won't stick once the glue burns away.

Try wetting both surfaces gently until they soften a bit, score each when you can ... then apply some slip made from the same clay body to one side, then press on the other. This should hold.

Good luck.

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Spooze

Powdered clay, Caro syrup[or any cheap syrup], and vinegar.

Might work, might not. This is used for repairing cracks. Don't store it-it really stinks because of the sugar.

TJR.

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What TJR said.  I was given a similar recipe from another poster here, Babs, and it works like a charm.

 

The recipe she gave me also has tissue paper in it, for added strength.  I take the tissue paper, and soak it in the vinegar, then add the clay powder and syrup.  One thing to help the "funk" is by adding peroxide.  I made some last spring, and it has kept fairly well since.  It doesn't smell in the slightest.  It had a little mold on it, after the summer, but not bad at all.

 

I've used this recipe to reattach pieces that I put immediately in the kiln.  The mend comes out quite well.  I can't say that I've tested its strength, but it holds well enough on pieces that aren't stressed too much.

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Amaco makes a very cheap product that works great for this-I cannot recall the name but have posted about it before-if it was bisque ware its called bisque fix but they make a greenware one as well thats much cheaper.

Mark

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