Any way to patch a chipped ceramic butter dish?

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On Fri, 05 Dec 2008 03:30:37 GMT, Wayne Boatwright

Hmmm... Bob Hofmann suggested tinting epoxy. I wonder what he used for tint. They didn't have anything at the auto parts store where I bought the epoxy.

Do you think that the epoxy will take the touch-up paint well after it's cured? I can test that on a piece of scrap.

It's just a little puzzle project. I enjoy puttering.
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On Thu 04 Dec 2008 10:01:58p, Square Peg told us...

I’d ask Bob. :) I would be amazed if adding a paint to an epoxy mixture would work. Perhaps there are powdered or special paste tints that are used with epoxy. I don’t know. I’m not an expert.

My guess is that it will, if you sand and roughen up the surface of the epoxy. I would highly recommend testing it on a piece of scrap.

I guess we all putter in different ways. I do fix things around the house that need it, and usually replace rather than repair the parts. Right now I’m in the process of adding additional weather stripping around the perimeter of our exterior doors.
When I putter, it’s usually in the kitchen. I enjoy cooking and baking.
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wrote:

http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=tinting+epoxies
http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=sanding+epoxies
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On Fri, 5 Dec 2008 11:18:56 -0700, "charlie"

cute, sarcastic, but cute
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Glue the chip back in with 5 minute epoxy. Before the glue hardens completely, scrape any excess off with your fingernail. (15 minutes?) If you do it right, it'll hardly show. You might want to keep it out of the dishwasher to make the repair last.
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the china closet for safe keeping after repairing it....Good luck......
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I don't think I can sell that idea. She loves that butter dish. I looked for one similar, but no luck. Maybe I'll upload a photo.
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Square Peg wrote:

Typical female logic... We loves our butter dish so let's us uses it until it breaks and there's no fixes to it. Then we cries and sobs about how much we loves that butter dish and now it's gones forever.
With paint, you'll have to put about 100 coats on to fill the chip. Use the paint to tint a little 5 minute epoxy the right color, and fill it in one step. You can even make samples of the tinted epoxy until you get just the right color to match.
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On Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:59:41 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@rochester.rr.com wrote:

Whoa. Did your mum abandon you at an early age or was it some later trauma?
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On Nov 11, 2:59 pm, snipped-for-privacy@rochester.rr.com wrote:

I have had good luck with tinting clear epoxy, experiment a few times to get the right color. Don't use more than 1 part of colorant toabout 10 parts epoxy to keep from weakening the epoxy, and definitely keep out of the dishwasher after repairs are completed.
Bob Hofmann
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On Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:30:34 -0800 (PST), "hr(bob) snipped-for-privacy@att.net"

I'm worried about getting a smooth, flat, shiny finish using epoxy.
With the appliance paint, I should get the finish I want. I would still have the problem of filling the chip, but it's a very shallow chip. It may not be perfectly flat, but I'd rather have it be slightly underfilled than have it hugher than the surrounding area.
What type of epoxy are you suggesting? Do you have a method that gets good results?
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On Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:30:34 -0800 (PST), "hr(bob) snipped-for-privacy@att.net"

What do you use to tint the epoxy?
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http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=tinting+epoxies
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On Fri, 5 Dec 2008 11:20:06 -0700, "charlie"

No, I don't think so, but I see that managing other people's lives is alive and well in yours.
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The chip is lost. I should have mentioned that. I probably had it on a piece of toast.
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As a practical matter, nothing is going to work once cracked. You can try to put a think coat of epoxy and a paint to match, but if the clay is cracked, it will eventually get worse. I'd put the cover on it and use it as a display piece rather than risk shattering and total loss. You can also re-glaze and re-fire it, but that is very risky too as the stress cracks can cause failure in the kiln.
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If still have the chipped out piece, use ceramic glue. Check if the glue contains any toxic chemicals.
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Square Peg wrote:

If it were mine, I would dab a couple of coats of gloss acryllic paint (useful for all kinds of emergencies), let them cure very well. Afterward, it would not take washing in hot water, but would keep grease from soaking in under the glaze and discoloring it. I've owned lots of antique doo-dads, and only bought those I indended to use......not worth having if only to dust them off :o) Fortunately for my family, the most treasured one broken was my fault :o)
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