After recently being a schmuck and breaking the knob off of a late 60's Yixing pot
, I tried my hand at doing a little DIY teaware repair
. To my surprise, the repair
worked rather well
. To my even greater surprise, my friends were impressed enough with my fix that they asked me to repair
some of their pots for them.
So now, I am happy to announce four poor wounded yixing soldiers have now been put back into service. I have been using JB Weld Marine
epoxy to glue these pots back together- it's non-toxic, waterproof, safe up to 500 degrees F, and is much stronger than super glue. My only complaint is that the epoxy dries an ugly battleship gray- I'm looking into a clear version now though, so perhaps I'll be switching. Here are some photos of the repairs, but keep in mind that I purposely tried to highlight the cracks with lighting and a macro lens. In person, they aren't as noticeable unless you get real close and squint:
My original attempt a fixing the knob I broke off while trying to enlarge the knob hole- doahhh!http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2728/440 ... 70cc_b.jpghttp://farm5.static.flickr.com/4031/440 ... 5e6d_b.jpg
Here are two lovely pots donated to 'Tingjunkie's Yixing Hospital for the Cracked
' by my friend Kingston- an 80's Hong Ni Shui Pin, and a 90's Quing Shui Ni reproduction piece.http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2685/446 ... f2ba_b.jpghttp://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/446 ... 64e8_b.jpghttp://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/446 ... bbd2_b.jpghttp://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/446 ... 42d5_b.jpg
And my best work yet (if I do say so myself). A Taiwanese pot belonging to a friend whose handle broke off in two pieces. In person, you have to stare real hard to see that this was ever broken at all.http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/446 ... aa49_b.jpghttp://farm3.static.flickr.com/2741/446 ... 5243_b.jpg
For future repairs, I'm also looking into waterproof, non-toxic gold paint to rub into the cracks for that authentic repair
look. Not sure if it exists, but I'll find out.
And since I had my camera out, I decided to take a family photo just for fun.http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2693/446 ... 817c_b.jpg
My masters thesis in Yixing repair
is sitting on my table now- a thin walled hong ni shui pin that's currently in 9 pieces. I am planning on documenting the process on that one and will post it here for those interested. I estimate the repair
will take at least 9 days, so don't look for the "how to" too soon.