Fixing cracks in pottery is simple with the right ceramic glue. We’ll show you how! Grab that broken ceramic pot, and read along while we tell you all you need to know about ceramic adhesives.
The wide variety of super glues on the market makes it a bit hard to select a product ideally suited for ceramics. Here are a couple things to keep in mind before purchasing a ceramic glue.
The best adhesives for ceramic are multifunctional, and can bond ceramic to a number of different materials such as wood, leather, some plastics, glass, mirror, metals, and more.
Under the glossy exterior, ceramic is a porous material – so the glue has to adhere to porous surfaces. If you have gaps of missing ceramic, then you need a specialized ceramic glue that has gap filling properties. Fixing ceramics intended for food or drinks? In that case it’s important to select a food safe ceramic glue.
Gluing together broken ceramic is simple, here’s how to do it.
- Pre fit broken pieces to make sure you have all the parts.
- Apply a thin layer of glue on both sides of the broken ceramic.
- Precisely press the pieces together in place, quickly adjusting the pieces if necessary.
- Hold the pieces together to allow the glue to grab. If necessary, secure the pieces to allow for cure time to be reached.
- Scrape away any excess dried glue after fully cured.
Epoxies are also appropriate for use on ceramics, but beware! Epoxies have to be mixed prior to application, and may need to be tinted to match the color of the surface you’re repairing. For simple application and clear finish, you are better off with a clear ceramic glue and an easy-to-use applicator.
For ceramic items that will be exposed to food, liquid, and different temperatures, grab Loctite Go2 Gel. This dishwasher safe ceramic glue is both dishwasher and microwave safe. It’s advanced Flextec technology allows for gap filling and flexibility that won’t peel or crack away. Its highly versatile formula makes it suitable for a number of jobs both inside and outside the home.
For general crafting projects that call for precise application, reach for Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Control. The rubber toughened formula gives you extra time before the glue sets, so you can precisely align the pieces and there’s no need for clamping. The gel formula means it won’t sag, making this ceramic glue ideal for vertical application. It dries clear, and has a patented “side squeeze” design, allowing for precise application every time.