Help! I need to glue gesso pieces back on a mirror frame.

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  1. lvetterli

    lvetterli Well-Known Member

    20240327_223518.jpg 20240327_223528.jpg 20240403_154357.jpg 20240403_154346.jpg I have this lovely mirror that has a gessoed frame. I apparently set it down too hard and corner pieces broke away. I have all the pieces and they fit together quite well with no open spaces.
    I've done some googling and most articles say Rabbit Skin glue or some other esoteric adhesives should be used. Or, they want you to remake the broken parts. I think I should be able to put this back together presentably if I just know what kind of glue to use!
    Someone, or lots of someones, here always have the answers!

    Thanks for all your help,

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  2. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    There's no reason I can think of why Titebond or Elmer's wouldn't do the job well. If you're not comfortable with using it straight out of the bottle, they can be thinned with water quite a bit. Determine what the best sequence for fit an' ease of repair is; glue an' position one piece at a time. Clamp or otherwise add appropriate small force to allow each piece to set fully prior to attempting the next. Remember that a little adhesive goes a long way; try to avoid leaving any squeeze-out or excess glue to remain where the next pieces will be placed, including the mating edges. Patience an' planning will reward you, so take it slowly. You can do this!
  3. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Ye old Elmer's wood glue? I might pull out my E6000 jewelry glue, but i'm an old joolie. It dries clear.
  4. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Yup...tho' Titebond is a more modern formulation of that ol' favorite.
  5. lvetterli

    lvetterli Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I will be tackling it soon, I'll let you know how it goes!

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  6. Joe in PA

    Joe in PA Well-Known Member

    One suggestion- I'm not an expert on frame repair, but on pottery repair, which can also involve multiple interlocking pieces, you lay-out all the pieces in a a dry run, and then glue them all at once using a pre-planned sequence and use a lot of "blue" good quality non-stick painters tape to hold it all together while it dries, making any final adjustments before it stiffens. If you let one piece dry before doing the next often some of the last pieces wont fit in.
  7. lvetterli

    lvetterli Well-Known Member

    Ooh! That sounds like good advice. Thanks @Joe in PA !

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  8. mirana

    mirana Well-Known Member

    Definitely a wood glue. I love E6000 (which is an epoxy glue) but original recipe isn't as good with wood, so they do make E6000 in formulations for other materials, like wood or plastic.

    Framers use something like Maxim, but a general wood glue that dries clear should be compariable. Make sure to remove excess.
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  9. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    Be careful when buying blue painters tape. I bought an off-brand and it stuck like masking tape!
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  10. mirana

    mirana Well-Known Member

    I use drafting tape, testing it first. Poor man's solution is to stick the painter or masking tape to the fabric of your clothes a couple of times to make it less sticky! :p
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