Repair Cracked China with Milk!

Repair Cracked China with Milk!

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 10, 2011

Unless you drop your china and it shatters into a million pieces (which is usually my luck), it probably only suffered a small crack from a fall or mishap. Instead of just waiting for the day it inevitably breaks for good, try giving it a milk bath. Yup, your china is getting a day at the spa!

Curious about how it works? The idea is simple. You place your cracked piece in a pot and cover it with two cups of milk (or more if needed). Next, heat over low for an hour. Allow to cool in milk and then remove and rinse. Your piece, if the crack wasn't too far gone, should now have resealed itself!

The idea is that the protein in the milk expands when heated and fills in the cracks. It then bonds with the surfaces and as it cools, becomes one with your china. Cool right? It's a simple trick that's well worth trying before you toss your good pieces or wait for them to crack apart at the most inconvenient of times!

Has anyone tried this method of repair?

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