Sustainable System Repair Project
To repair my broken ashtray, I have tried
- USING CA GLUE THAT CAN GLUE GLASS
- USING RUBBER CEMENT AND CA GLUE
- USING PINE SAP (PINE RESIN)
- USING CLAY AND CA GLUE
- USING GLASS TORCH (FUSING) (Interview with glass artist Cathy Chung)
- USING TWO PART EPOXY GLUE AND CHARCOAL POWDER
Using CA Glue
I purchased CA glue from ZAP which claimed to glue glasses. The result was failure, as CA glue didn’t have enough
body to fill the gap. (refer to figure 1) CA glue did joint part of the broken part, where two pieces were directly
contacting, but the bondage was not strong enough to be used functionally. Also during the removal of remaining
glue handle part had further damage.
(CA Glue from Blick “ZAP Adhesive” $ 8.39/ $ 8.39)
Using Rubber Cement and CA Glue
Most of adhesives with strong bondage has lighter body; I knew that tacky glue could fill the gap but will not
provide strong enough bondage. So I chose to fill the gap with rubber cement and glue the rubber cement onto two
broken pieces. I masked each surfaces to prevent further damages, and applied CA glue and then applied rubber
cement. But the rubber cement was reacting to CA glue in a way that it is not formable (which is to fill the gap).
(Rubber Cement from Staples “Elmer’s Rubber Cement” $ 3.99/ $ 12.38)
Using Pine Sap
This idea was taken from our guest artist, Tattfoo Tan; he showed us an example of pine sap used as a plaster and
adhesive. So I ordered a small amount of pine sap from Etsy (click to see the product) and I am still awaiting for it to
arrive from Bulgaria.
(Pine Sap from Bulgaria $ 7.38/ $ 19.76)
Using Clay and CA glue
This was little alternation I did to rubber cement solution. Thankfully clay does not react to CA glue so I did all the
preparation I did previously, including more detailed masking. Clay cured filling the gap but the clay part was too thin
so that the clay itself didn’t have enough strength to hold two pieces.
(Prima Plastilina from Blick $ 12.50/ $ 32.26)
Using Glass Torch (Interview with Glass Artist Cathy Chung)
I met Cathy Chung through my friend, she described herself as a “crafter” and she had experience with glass art which
involves fusing glass together using glass torch. When I told her that I am trying to fix Bohemian glass ash tray made by
Moser she said it would be very challenging as Moser uses very pure crystal which has to be heated gradually to the very
high temperature else it may shatter. Meaning that I have to melt either part of my ash tray and form it by myself but as I
have very limited access to the furnace, it would be very unpleasable to do so. While the travel my handle part was lost.
Using Two Parts Epoxy Glue and Charcoal Power
I decided to pursue more artistic approach with the project. I used two parts epoxy glue on the inner surface of the bottom
piece and dipped in charcoal power, I continued this process over and over again to flatten the surface from shattered part. I
then CA glued perfume in the centre where the handle used to take a place and applied more and more layers of glue and
charcoal powder so that it can form earthy feel to it, so that it can give its users an illusion that they are putting cigarette off dirt.