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I broke the handle off my favorite ceramic mug, any idea how to glue it back on?
My sweet daughter bought me a cool Nightmare before Christmas coffee mug when she went to Disneyland a few weeks ago. Yesterday I accidentally dropped it in the sink and the handle broke off. Fortunately, it was a clean break so I think there's a good chance it can be reattached. Any ideas what kind of glue works well on ceramic?
Any kind of super glue or epoxy glue will work, apply to both surfaces and be prepared to hold together tightly for at least 20 minutes.
Super Glue or Krazy Glue. There are a variety of products out there. Go to that section at your local hardware store and look for the one that is most appropriate for ceramics.
I would recommend PC-11, it's a two part epoxy, it's white, permanent. It has excellent resistance to detergents and fresh water, as it's a marine grade adhesive. It will even cure underwater. Mix according to instructions. You can find it in most hardware stores. I actually worked in a hardware store and sold many adhesives, this was one of the best for ceramics.
The best of the "superglues" is called "Dr. Mike's" - although what great opportunity to go out stimulate the economy! Look around for a local artists or crafts fair and put your money directly in to the local economy instead of sending it to China.
What works well to hold two sections of ceramic together is one thing, but what will hold up indefinitely to being filled with hot liquid is another. I pretty much don't trust once-broken handles on cups to hold hot liquid ever again. I turn special-but-glued-together mugs/cups into something that does something (hold flowers, plants, pens, etc.) else (or else I just use them for decoration.
I know that's not the answer you want/need here (sorry); and maybe I'm just paranoid about the chances of being scalded. There's always the "it's too special to use, get stained, or run always be washing" kind of thing.
If some of the best super-glues you have don't fit the bill, perhaps you could try some ceramic adhesive... it may work!
To quote Benjamin Franklin, "Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack'd, and never well mended." - but good luck fixing it!
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