How to Use Instant Glues to Repair Broken Dishes or Plates

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The toughest thing about gluing something like this broken china dish is holding the pieces together while the glue dries. Cases like this are a perfect application for cyanoacrylades, or "instant glues."

Cyanoacrylade adhesives are available in a variety of thicknesses. Generally speaking, the rougher the surface to be glued, the thicker the adhesive you will need. As a rule of thumb, when gluing plastics, thick cyanoacrylades work best.

Trace a continuous bead of cyanoacrylade adhesive along one of the broken edges. Do not smooth the bead. For projects like this dish, a continuous bead is critical if the repaired piece is to hold liquids.

Press the two pieces together and hold them in place for fifteen seconds (perhaps more, depending on the adhesive).

The formerly broken pieces will now stay in place. For the best bond, however, allow the cyanoacrylade adhesive to cure for 24 hours before putting the repaired piece to use.