How to Glue Alabaster

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Many lamp bases are made from alabaster.
Many lamp bases are made from alabaster. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Alabaster is calcite or white translucent gypsum a common mineral found in England. It can be carved into many different ornaments; such as, vases, figurines, statues, and more. Although alabaster can easily be sculpted into beautiful decorative pieces because of its softness, it can also be easily damaged or broken. Repairing alabaster ornaments can be a little tricky since you have to be careful not to damage the pieces. You can repair broken pieces with epoxy glue and a pigment that matches the color of the alabaster.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Epoxy T-88
  • Polyester color
  • Small mixing container or cup
  • Wooden stick or stirrer
  • Masking Tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Methylated spirits
  • Cloth

Purchase a polyester paint color that matches the color of the alabaster.

Put enough epoxy glue in a small mixing container to spread on the broken piece of alabaster.

Pour a few drops of polyester color in the container. Use the wooden stick to stir the epoxy and colorant. Keep adding color until it matches the alabaster.

Place the broken piece in the correct position on the fixture being repaired. This is to see if it fits properly.

Dip a paintbrush in the epoxy mixture and spread paint on the back of the broken piece of alabaster.

Place masking tape on top of the broken piece and fixture to hold the pieces together while the glue dries. Fill any holes or chips with the epoxy mixture.

Pour a Little methylated spirits on a cloth and wipe away excess glue. Allow the alabaster to dry.

Sand away any imperfections.

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