There are hundreds of different types of glue used for different purposes, from glues used to fuse metal object to glues used to adhere fabrics. Each type of glue is designed with specific qualities to help users achieve the strongest hold in different conditions. Plates come in a variety of different materials, each requiring a different type of glue to fix the separate elements. Most common household glues can be found at a local hardware store.
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Elmer's Craft Bond Ceramic & Glass Cement is suitable for fixing a ceramic plate. This is a safe glue to use with food plates, as it is non-soluble, so there is no worry that the bond created by the glue will weaken in the dishwasher. The glue also contains no solvents, preventing the glue from contaminating the food in future use. Apply the glue on one edge of the broken pieces after sanding down the edges.
Other Ceramic Glues
Other glues that can be used for ceramic plates include Super Glue, Krazy Glue and Zap. Although these are strong adhesives that require less time to fix, these glues are more toxic. This is acceptable for decorative plates but undesirable for items that will be used to serve food.
Weldbond is a suitable for mending a glass plate. Although it is not the strongest glue, it is much safer to use with a dinner plate due to its less toxic qualities. Apply the glue on one edge of the broken pieces. The pieces will need to be clamped in place for up to 4 hours to ensure the strongest bond.
Elmer's Carpenter's Glue is a suitable type of PVA glue to use on wooden plates. This glue is a weaker solution compared to other glues. However, the more porous nature of wood allows for a stronger bond. Apply the glue on both edges of the broken pieces. The pieces will need to be clamped in place for up to 30 minutes to ensure the strongest bond.
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