Monday, June 3, 2013

A Teacup Repair Job - Part 1

This particular cup comes with a teapot, 4 teacups, a justice pot - all made in Taiwan by a well known artisan.
It is a collector's item. 
This set has travelled from Taiwan to California to Canada and back to California.
In it's last journey it encountered a slight mishap.
One of the cups chipped and the handle of the teapot broke in 2 and snapped of the body of the teapot.
The teapot is in the midst of repair - photos to follow.
This however is the repair job for the chipped teacup.
I did my best!


The chip at the lip of the teacup was unfortunate but this is its journey back from the Land of Broken Things.

CLOSE UP OF THE CHIP


These are the tools I used.
Acquired from the manicure/pedicure section of any department store.
A coarse grit nail file, a medium grit nail file and a Buffer cube for the finishing touches.


This is after some filing with the coarse and medium grit file. 
I started with a medium grit then to the coarse and back to the medium.


Proceeded with a coarse file on this to get the deep nicks out of the chip.
The chip in the teacup itself was rather odd - it was almost gouged.


This was the finished work after filing, and buffing.
The cup is currently soaking in some strong Puer tea to create a blending into the glaze.
Since the glaze is a crackelee finish, the hope is to make the repair work disappear.
Will post finished repair when teacup is done curing.

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