Ceramic Lamp Repair

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Ceramic is essentially clay and water that is mixed together, molded and fired in a kiln. Some ceramics have painting on them and the paint is applied before the firing. Lamps made out of this material are typically hollow inside and can break easily when dropped. When you have all large pieces, the lamp can be repaired. If the pieces are tiny and almost dust, it is not worth the hassle of gluing the pieces back together. The main thing to remember when gluing the lamp back together is to keep all of the electrical components pulled tight inside the lamp so you don't accidentally glue them to the inside of the ceramic lamp.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Krazy Glue or Super Glue
  • Damp old cloth
  • Fingernail polish remover (acetone-based)
  • Cotton squares
  • Cotton swabs
  • Lay out the towel and place all of the pieces of the lamp on the towel. Practice putting the lamp back together before gluing so you know exactly where each piece fits.

  • Wipe the edges of each piece of ceramic with an old damp cloth to remove any loose debris.

  • Apply Super Glue to one edge of the ceramic and stick it to another piece of ceramic, like fitting a puzzle together. Hold the pieces together for 1 minute.

  • Wipe any excess glue off of the outside of the ceramic with an old damp cloth and continue gluing all of the pieces together until the lamp is whole again.

  • Allow 24 hours for the lamp to completely dry.

  • Dip the cotton swabs or pour acetone-based fingernail polish remover on the cotton squares and rub down the outside of the ceramic lamp to remove all excess glue that may have escaped your attention.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the ceramic pieces are not sticking together as well as they should, use a piece of 80-grit sandpaper to roughen the edges before applying the glue. You will need to remove any glue that is on the surface before sanding. This can be done with acetone-based fingernail polish remover.

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