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I have a ceramic birdbath with a 1 inch hole in the bottom. (I didn't take it in for the winter and the ice did a number on it).  Is there a way to patch and repair it?  I don't want to purchase another one as the base is fine and they don't sell just the bowl.  Thanks!

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Dear Cathy,

    Thank you for your recent question. To repair the hole in your birdbath, you will need the following items:

    1. Play Sand, approximately 1/4 cup
    2. Epoxy
    3. Cardboard
    4. Paper plate
    5. Tablespoon
    6. Scissors
    7. Duct tape
    8. Tongue depressor

    Begin by cutting a round circle from the cardboard approximately 1/4 inch wider in circumference than the hole in the birdbath. Using the duct tape, place the circle on the bottom side of the birdbath and tape with the duct tape to hold.

    Placing 2 tablespoons of sand onto the paper plate, add the epoxy as directed to the play sand and mix with the tongue depressor until the epoxy is mixed thoroughly with the sand.

    Using the tongue depressor, spread the play sand/epoxy mixture over the hole in the birdbath. Smooth outward from the center of the hole to the approximately 1/4" over the edge.

    Hold the cardboard underneath the birdbath and carefully remove the duct tape. Then slide the cardboard along the surface of the birdbath to remove. Do not pull it off as it will take the sand/epoxy mixture with it. It must slide to remove.

    Allow to dry and repeat if necessary to achieve a strong surface hold.

    This should fix your birdbath. You can paint if necessary, however, I suggest you leave it as it is.

    I hope this helps you. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me again at any time. Good luck.

Sincerely,
Ms. 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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