I apologize for some of the slightly blurred photos, but I would appreciate any and all feedback on this!
|Step 1: Assess Damage|
This break is kind of cool looking to me, but not what I was going for. Is this fixable or is it better to start over? Are there clean breaks? yes. Got all the pieces? yes. Are there other delicate areas to be aware of during repair? yes, the other spokes. Ready to play doctor? Yes? see step 2.
|Step 2: Tape offending piece (tape is sticky side up like fly paper)|
|Step 3: Position pieces|
|Step 4: "Tacking" the join with paste|
The tape will let you open up the join to apply paste, and holds them in correct alignment while the paste is wet. I have put taped pieces on a griddle set to 200F degrees to dry with no ill effects. The adhesive on the tape seems to soften a little, but it leaves no residue if allowed to cool before removing the tape.
Update: On fired pieces I use oil paste for low profile join. For joins that gape a bit, Overlay paste (dries hard & quickly, can be torch fired) and lump clay.
|Step 5: Reinforce join with syringe or lump clay|
|Step 6: Remove tape|
Depending on the repair (ex. filigree) have left the tape on to be fired off. Sometimes the join needs to be fired for stability before being reinforced with additional clay.
|Step 7: Face lift!|
|Finished cogwheel spinners!|