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Forum topic by stratiA posted 07-23-2010 07:43 AM 3067 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2010 07:43 AM

hello everyone. My wife has hired me out to do some handyman type work for a co-worker of hers. I am happy to lend my skills to others, especially since she lives with her widowed mother. One particular task has me wondering as how to best approach it. She has an old antique round wood framed mirror. Around the frame there are decorative flowers in a wreath like pattern. Well the mirror being maybe 100 years old or so, the decorative flowers in a small area fell off. Upon looking at the broken pieces, they are made of plaster. They were secured to the the frame by small nails from the back entered at odd angles. The plaster dried and interlocked with the nails. The broken pieces are combination of big pieces and small shards. To reattach the flowers I figured a thin or med thick CA super glue style adhesive would probably be the best way to reattach broken plaster parts to the wood frame I consulted an older plaster worker who also thought this would be the best way. Well any advice or suggestions as to how to reapply plaster to wood or working with CA glues is appreciated. Thanks

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 01:08 PM

Try to get some information in your local museum. I get fantastic tip from ours how to kill bugs in grandma jewel box, combination of microwave and deep freezing.

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 01:33 AM

There’s a really good chance that it’s Gesso. It was quite common back in the day, I has the privilege of observing an anitque restoration pro in the KCMO area some time back. He was restoring the decorations, flowery thing as you described on an antique mirror that went with a vintage dresser.

Perhaps worth looking into?

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