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Hi there -

i have a chiminea that has had the top half break off during a move.  right now it is calmly resting on the bottom half and i was wondering what type of expoxy or other substance i could us to "glue" the pieces together to form a bond.  I don't move it often, only when i move residences, so it doesn't have to be super secure. any info would be great!

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Dear Mike,

   Thank you for your recent question. The best fix for the chiminea is gorilla glue. You want to purchase the standard glue (brown) for this purpose. Do not use the super gorilla glue as it is not temperature resistant.

   Clean the chiminea by spraying it inside and out with a sprayer. Let it dry completely...two or three days. Use a tooth brush to brush off any left on suet or earthenware dust. Use a spray bottle to lightly moisten the surface of the crack. Apply the glue along the crack and allow it to dry several days. This should mend it and keep it from cracking further.

   When you use the chiminea for the first time, build a small fire and let the chiminea heat slowly so that suet can build up on the inside, protecting the glue further. Then, use as normal.

   I hope this has helped you. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me again. Thank you and good luck!

Sincerely,
Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat
www.earthstokenfire.com

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Will answer any questions on hand building, wheel, glaze, firing. Speciality questions to include those in glaze calculation and development, firing techniques. Please do not send questions on identifying pottery. Although I would love to add this to my question topics, I have a retreat to run as well as the studio and volunteering on AllExperts, and therefore do not have the available time to research indentification and marks. Thank you for understanding.

Experience

Experience includes 30 years in pottery design and education. Have taught online and studio classes worldwide for the last 20 years. Own a pottery retreat specializing in firing techniques. Have 12 years solid experience in glaze calculation and formulation as well as problem solving in glaze chemistry. I am the first potter in the United States to have developed a complete package of pottery equipment blueprints for a studio. The blueprints include wheels, kilns, studio furniture, wedgeboards, raku kilns, slab rollers, ball mills and studio tools.

Organizations
Alliance of Pottery Artists Worldwide Association

Publications
Ceramic Industry - PPP Wyndstryder Press - Pottery Journal

Education/Credentials
University of Sciences and Art's of Oklahoma, studied under Professor Jaymes Dudding.

Awards and Honors
Potter of the year with APAWA, various awards for showmanship and design.

Past/Present Clients
Available upon request.

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