I last posted that Kitty broke my grandma's vase, made by her in the 8th grade, her last year in school. Ethel Cox had mastered math through algebra, and her family needed her working income, so she quit to take a job at Hough Bakery, in downtown Cleveland.
It was an accident; animals generally do not plan acts in advance. Kitty simply wanted the doily under the vase, and her tug on that sent the vase to the floor.
I considered the options and the last seemed the best. I should dispense with the vase and free other family members from responsibility for it. The broken vase sat on table, waiting for the trash bag. But then Fresca suggested repair with the Japanese technique of Kintsugi, highlighting the repaired areas with gold powder. I sent for a Kintsugi kit straightaway.
The kit (and a bag of cat food) came yesterday, but were hidden away for an open house today. I was deterred until I could ask week end people to look for the package. A short search turned it up.
We have a bottle of two part epoxy to mix, and a sort of injection device to dispense equal parts. I could not open either. The gold powder opened at once. There also was an ample supply of tools. A Google search told me that my trusty vial of gorilla glue was adequate for the job. I was straight in.
What I could read of the minute instructions said to line things up in the order of repair. I was that far on my own. It would be at least a three part repair; first the handle upright, then attach that to the vase, a two part operation. The directions said to prepare the glue and add the gold powder. I did, and began putting the handle together. What a disaster. I got the handle together, and had a mess that I set aside to dry.
This is the worst side. Back to Google, how do I remove Gorilla Glue? With WD-40. Let it soak through and the glue lifts up. And it does.
Now WD-40 is washed away with soap and water and the glue can finish setting up for 24 hours. Tomorrow I will finish the repair with Gorilla Glue alone, let it set up for a day, then carefully paint the golden line along the repair seams.
The instructions did have one of those scannable squares, to use to open the official book of instructions. This is so irritating. I don't know how to do that. I don't have a stand alone scanner. Do I use my phone? Then I could send it to my printer, I know. Another piece of technology that got away from me.